Discussion with scriptwriter LORING MANDEL (immediately following performance of “Conspiracy”)
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Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge How to get tickets:
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Saturday 11/16 08:00 PM Ticket Prices:
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Discussion begins immediately following the performance of "Conspiracy"
Emmy Award-winning scriptwriter Loring Mandel will participate in a discussion immediately following a performance of “Conspiracy,” the stage adaptation of his 2001 television film based on the 1942 Wannsee Conference, which convened Nazi party officials who planned the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question” during World War II. Presented by the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, “Conspiracy” is directed by Caleb Thompson ‘14 and produced by Sam Leiter ‘14, Scout O'Beirne ‘15, Hannah Phillips ‘15.
Loring Mandel is one of the very few writers still active and productive whose careers began in the golden age of live television. He has written successfully for radio, television, films and both regional and Broadway stages.
Born in 1928, Mandel is a product, for better or for worse, of the Chicago, Illinois public school system and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. His first employment, when returning to Chicago after graduation in 1949, was as a music arranger for the American Broadcasting Company’s house orchestra. He supplemented his income by writing film trailers for motion pictures. Within a year, he was writing television variety shows for Chicago’s preeminent media personalities while working full time for the W.B. Doner advertising agency. All of this stopped in 1952 when he entered the army for service in the Korean war.
Upon release from the army in 1954, he moved to New York. His first assignments there were for “Adventure,” a CBS series of educational programs centered at the American Museum of Natural History. But by the following year, Mandel was writing 1-hour dramas for the leading Anthology programs such as “Studio One,” “Lux Video Theater,” “G.E. Theater” and “Playhouse 90.” In 1960, his stage adaptation of Allen Drury’s “Advise and Consent” was a hit play on Broadway, and in 1967 his first theatrical film, “Countdown,” was produced by Warner Brothers and directed by Robert Altman. He has two other produced feature films as well as movies for television and for HBO. He has served on the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as well as a former Board Member of the Cinema Arts Centre.
In Mandel’s career, he has been nominated five times for the Emmy Award and has won the prestigious award twice, most recently in 2001 for his original HBO drama “Conspiracy,” a recreation of the infamous Wannsee Conference. That same drama won an additional Emmy, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA award and was also honored with the George Peabody Award. Mandel has also won three Writers Guild of America Awards, a Sylvania Award and a Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award. All of these are in recognition of his outstanding dramatic writing.
Loring Mandel’s stage version of “Conspiracy” has been a labor of conscience, born of the conviction that the story of the Wannsee Conference must be told again and again, because it has a meaning that extends beyond the subject matter discussed at that conference.
Mandel lives with his wife Dorothy in Somers, New York. They have two married sons and three granddaughters, the production of which are his proudest achievement.