THOSE TALENTED NUSSBAUMS
by Hedy Weiss
Like father, like daughter.
Mike Nussbaum, now 89, needs no introduction. The veteran Chicago actor and early David Mamet "muse" -- who recently spent six months starring as Sigmund Freud in "Freud's Last Session" at the Mercury Theater -- is about to discuss his portrayal, and more, when he appears Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, 122 S. Michigan (Room 1323) as part of its Dialogues with Creators Series.
Nussbaum will be interviewed by Christine Sterkel, MD, faculty member at the Institute. Advance registration is required. For tickets ($25 or $10 for students), call (312) 922-7474, ext. 324.
Meanwhile, Mike's daughter, Chicago actress-writer-activist Susan Nussbaum, is celebrating the publication of the paperback edition of her book, "Good Kings, Bad Kings" which received the 2012 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. She also will be part of the upcoming Chicago Bodies of Work Festival (May 15-25), a multi-venue festival featuring the work of national and international visual and performing artists with disabilities.
On May 18, from 2-4 p.m., Susan Nussbaum will sign and read from her book -- her first novel -- at Woman Made Gallery, 685. N. Milwaukee Ave. Admission is free. The book follows the lives of residents at the ILLC, an institution for juveniles with disabilities, "where friendships are forged, trust is built, and love affairs begin, in an atmosphere of neglect and abuse. In this alliance the residents of ILLC ultimately find the strength to resist their mistreatment and fight back."
A lifelong Chicago resident, Nussbaum's plays have been produced at many theaters. In 2008 she was cited by the Utne Reader as one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" for her work with girls with disabilities. To learn more, visit womanmade.org.