Co-Writer & Performer
Hank Whittemore began acting professionally after high school, appearing Off-Broadway in “THIS SIDE OF PARADISE” directed by Herbert Berghof and on Broadway in “TAKE HER, SHE’S MINE” with Art Carney.
His many stage roles include Henry in “THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH” with Helen Hayes and Jamie in “TOYS IN THE ATTIC” with Terry Davis. He earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, where his roles included Jamie in “LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT”, Jerry in “THE ZOO STORY”, Cassio in “OTHELLO” and Laertes in “HAMLET”.
Hank worked as a newspaper reporter and radio news director before writing the first of his eleven published books – one novel and 10 nonfiction works, among them “THE SUPER COPS”, a bestseller made into an MGM movie starring Ron Leibman and directed by Gordon Parks.
His other books include a biography of labor leader Mike Quill, a reporter’s journey into African-American politics, a true story involving the Watergate scandal, an account of a remarkable London counterfeiting case; and also “CNN: THE INSIDE STORY”, about the birth of Ted Turner’s all-news network; “SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE”, about a woman’s work with search-and-rescue dogs; and “YOUR FUTURE SELF”, a look at the “inner universe” of molecular medicine, with color pictures from labs around the world.
Among his various parallel careers he has written scripts for dozens of television documentaries such as “THE BODY HUMAN” (CBS) and “THE AMERICAN SPORTSMAN” (ABC), winning two Emmy awards; and he has contributed more than a hundred articles for PARADE magazine. Also he was the 1988 winner of the Little Theatre of Alexandria National One-Act Playwriting Contest.
In 1987, intrigued by the theory that Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford had written the Shakespeare works, he conducted an intensive study of the autobiographical Sonnets until an unexpected discovery in 1998 led to the first comprehensive, coherent explanation of the 154 numbered verses. The result in 2005 was “THE MONUMENT”, his edition demonstrating this explanation in every line.
Hank and co-writer/director Ted Story created “SHAKE-SPEARES TREASON” to bring the dramatic story of the Sonnets to life on the stage – performed 20 August 2008 at the Gerber Theater in Portland, Oregon.
He lives in Upper Nyack NY with his wife Gloria Janata-Whittemore and their son Jake, born in 2003. His four other children are Eva (mother of his grandchildren, Tom and Nicole), Lorna, Ben and Maggie.
Visit THE MONUMENT at www.ShakespearesMonument.com
Co-Writer and Director
Ted Story cut his theatrical teeth as an actor in Stock, TV and Broadway, appearing with Emlyn Williams in ‘THE DEPUTY” and the 1967 Lincoln Center revival of SOUTH PACIFIC with Georgio Tozzi and Florence Henderson.
Moving over into directing and producing, he was Co-founder and Artistic Director of the IRT (The Impossible Ragtime Theatre), one of the best known and most respected theatres in the hey-day of Off-off Broadway where he produced over 100 plays.
Among his many New York directing credits are the New York premiere of Sam Shepard’s “SUICIDE IN B-FLAT”; a production of Chekhov’s “IVANOV” which rescued it from a 15-year production oblivion by garnering rave reviews; “THE SEAGULL”; Friedrich Durrenmatt’s “PLAY STRINDBERG” (his brilliant but brutal comedy ‘take’ on Strindberg’s “DANCE OF DEATH”); the premieres of Mel Arrighi’s “THE UNICORN IN CAPTIVITY” and Sam Shem’s hilarious “NAPOLEON’S DINNER” and “ROOM FOR ONE WOMAN”.
Most recently he directed the premiere of “FLIGHTS OF ANGELS”, a play about paratroopers in WWII, at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY. He produced and initially directed “GRACE & GLORIE” Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels theater, starring Estelle Parsons and Lucie Arnaz, after a long period of developing it with playwright Tom Ziegler which included directing it at the Dorset Theatre Festival in Vermont. He was a resident director and dramaturg at the Shenandoah Valley Playwrights retreat for six years (where he first discovered “GRACE & GLORIE”).
Other projects include creating and co-producing (with Michael Tolen) the “Plays by Players” series at The Players Club and creating and building his small pop/jazz record label LookoutJazz, currently marketing its 6th CD with singer Cynthia Crane, “IF I KNEW NOW (What I Knew Then)” - voted a Top 10 Cabaret CD of 2007 by Members’ Choice Survey Cabaret Hotline Online. Coming is “THE TIME HAS COME” with a release date of October 2008.
Ted is a sometime-investor in the theatre (LITTLE WOMEN, HEDDA GABLER, METAMORPHOSIS, LONESOME WEST) and was a partner in the beautiful Variety Arts Theatre on 3rd Ave before its recent, unfortunate, closing. He was in the middle of writing a gory thriller focused on the Shakespeare identity controversy when he read Hank Whittemore’s THE MONUMENT and immediately put the thriller on the back burner in favor of working with Hank on the much more thrilling story of SHAKE-SPEARE’S TREASON, due to be performed in the Inigo Jones Theatre at the Globe in London this November.
Ted has two daughters and two grandsons.
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