In this edition of The Monthly: Zach Braff makes his return to television, Northwestern Artist in Residence Jen Bervin explores interdisciplinary art, Jerry Mitchell directs the stage adaptation of “Pretty Woman” and Matt Bellassai discusses his career post-Buzzfeed.
After being conspicuously absent from the small screen for eight years, Braff will make his return March 28 on ABC when the series premieres. He stars as Alex Schuman, a radio journalist who quits his job to begin his own podcasting company.
Bervin, an Artist in Residence at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, has made a career out of experiments. Her latest: the “Read with the Spine” workshop, co-developed by Bervin and Block Museum of Art curator Susy Bielak.
A modern Cinderella story that tells the story of a prostitute with a heart of gold who falls for a lonely, wealthy businessman, Northwestern alum Garry Marshall’s “Pretty Woman” is one of the most iconic movies of the 1990’s. Mitchell faces a challenge in adapting “Pretty Woman” for the stage, as fans of the movie will be coming to the theater with expectations of what it should look like.
Bellassai worked at BuzzFeed for nearly four years before he left to pursue solo projects. Since leaving Buzzfeed, Bellassai has created his own web series, completed two national stand-up comedy tours, produced a weekly podcast and published a book.
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