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Lyle Kessler

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Lyle Kessler is an American playwright, screenwriter and actor, best known internationally for his 1983 play Orphans. Career Actor Born in Philadelphia, Kessler began his career as an actor. His first professional appearance was in the Philadelphia premiere of the play Waiting for Godot, appearing opposite Bruce Dern. He has subsequently appeared in several films, including James Dean (portraying Lee Strasberg, under whom he had studied at the Actors Studio). Writer and director Kessler studied acting with Lee Strasberg and was accepted into the Director's Unit of the Actors Studio, where he wrote and directed his first one act play, The Viewing, which he subsequently directed at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York. Playwright Kessler's most well known plays include his first full-length work, The Watering Place, and Orphans. The Watering Place (written in 1969) premiered on Broadway and starred Shirley Knight and William Devan
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