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Alfred University alum Robert Kalfin 'still going strong' with new production

Alfred University alumnus and “theater icon” Robert Kalfin ’54 is featured in an article in The East Hampton Star,

Kalfin, who directed his first New York City theater production nearly 60 years ago, is involved in the production of The Resettlement of Isaac, which will have a staged reading at the Southampton Cultural Center Aug. 21 as part of the Center’s 2017 Jewish Film Festival.

The play, written by Robert Karmon, is based on the life of Isaac Gochman, who survived a Nazi massacre in his hometown of Rovno, Poland. He eventually joined a group of Russian partisans as a guerilla fighter against Nazi Germany. Karmon, a close friend of Kalfin, turned Gochman’s story into a novel and later, at the urging of Kalfin, into the play.

Kalfin grew up in the Bronx and has said he discovered his calling in theater as a student at Alfred University. The East Hampton Star article quotes his recollections of Alfred University’s 1950’s-era theater department as pushing the theatrical boundaries of its times.

AU “had a two-man theater department,” Kalfin says, “but they were performing the plays of Brecht as they were being translated, they did Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, Anouilh, Giraudoux, and all the other avant-garde playwrights in Europe.”