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Some Personal Recollections of Benito Ortolani

Some Personal Recollections of Benito Ortolani Samuel L. Leiter Samuel L. Leiter is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn College, CUNY, and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He has written or edited twenty-six books and is a former editor of Asian Theatre Journal (1992­2004). In 2009 he became the first theatre scholar to receive an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Emeritus Fellowship, and he is on the committee for the annual Drama Desk Awards in New York City. I do not believe anybody else had as long and close a professional relationship with Benito Ortolani as I. We first met in Tokyo in 1963. I had gone to Japan as one of three East-West Center grantees from the University of Hawai`i; the East-West Center had been established by the federal government a year earlier and Benito had been asked to oversee the first crop of East-West Center grantees sent to Japan to study theatre. Father Ortolani, as he was then known, was a thirty-fiveyear-old Jesuit priest teaching at Sophia University; I had never met a priest before, and he was completely unlike any preconceptions I may have had. My very first published article, originally written as part of my master's thesis, was a series of four interviews with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Some Personal Recollections of Benito Ortolani

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 30 (2) – Oct 14, 2013

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Samuel L. Leiter Samuel L. Leiter is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn College, CUNY, and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He has written or edited twenty-six books and is a former editor of Asian Theatre Journal (1992­2004). In 2009 he became the first theatre scholar to receive an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Emeritus Fellowship, and he is on the committee for the annual Drama Desk Awards in New York City. I do not believe anybody else had as long and close a professional relationship with Benito Ortolani as I. We first met in Tokyo in 1963. I had gone to Japan as one of three East-West Center grantees from the University of Hawai`i; the East-West Center had been established by the federal government a year earlier and Benito had been asked to oversee the first crop of East-West Center grantees sent to Japan to study theatre. Father Ortolani, as he was then known, was a thirty-fiveyear-old Jesuit priest teaching at Sophia University; I had never met a priest before, and he was completely unlike any preconceptions I may have had. My very first published article, originally written as part of my master's thesis, was a series of four interviews with

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 14, 2013

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