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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How a Botched Enquirer Article Led to a Playwrighting Foundation Honoring Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted by Alison Hallett on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

This story in the New York Times—about how the National Enquirer mischaracterized Philip Seymour Hoffman's relationship with playwright David Bar Katz, and how Katz threatened litigation and then used the settlement money to establish an annual $45,000 playwright's grant—is legitimately heartwarming, in a bittersweet kind of a way. And it's a reminder of how important the theater was to Hoffman's career: Most of us on the west coast never got a chance to see it, but he was extremely well regarded as both a stage actor and a director. For his friend to set up a foundation in his name that supports playwrights—whose work is ever-underfunded—seems a perfect tribute. Go read the article.

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