A Year with Frog and Toad

Ivy Tech Waldron Auditorium


willie_reale_bioWillie Reale (Book & Lyrics) is a free-lance writer, living in New York. He has collaborated with his brother, Robert, on a musical called Once Around The City, which was produced by New York Stage and Film and at the Second Stage Theatre in New York. Quark Victory, another musical written with his brother, was produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Other plays have been produced at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Circle Repertory Company. With his brother he has written A Year With Frog and Toad, which was performed at the Childrens’ Theater Company in Minneapolis, the New Victory Theatre and at the Cort Theater on Broadway. Willie received two Tony nominations for his book and lyrics. In 1981, he founded The 52nd Street Project, an organization that brings inner-city children together with professional theater artists to create theater. He served as the theater’s artistic director for 18 years. With the Project, he produced hundreds of plays. The programs of The 52nd Street Project are currently being replicated at 12 sites across the country through a series of publications entitled The Kid Theater Kit. For the kit he wrote “52 Pick Up,” the Project how-to manual, as well as numerous plays, and the lyrics to hundreds of songs, including two full-length musicals, all of which are available through Dramatists Play Service. In June of 1994, he was awarded a MacArthur in recognition of his ingenuity in creating theater and theater education programs for young people. For television, Mr. Reale has written for the NBC dramas Homicide: Life on the Streets, Deadline and Mr. Sterling. For Fox he has written for Keen Eddie and The Jury. He created a series called Out There for Sesame Workshop and the BBC, which shot in Australia. His work on the show was recognized by an Australian Film Institute Award (The Australian Emmy) and Prix Jeunesse and Writers’ Guild of America nominations. He has taught at New York University and the Yale School of Drama. Willie is married to producer Jenny Gersten. They have two children, Augustus and Leonardo.

rob_realeRobert Reale (Composer): Musicals-Broadway: A Year With Frog And Toad (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway: Once Around The City (2nd Stage), Quark Victory (Williamstown Theater Festival). Music for plays: Richard Dresser s Rounding Third (directed by John Rando) Diva, (WTF), Salvation s Moon. Film: Ten-13, Passing Over, Wigstock, Dealers Among Dealers, The Victim, others. Television: PrimeTime, 20/20, Inside Edition, Out There (theme), Invent This (theme), Mugshots, Crime Stories, The System, The Mailman and the Pirhana, Case Closed, Beating The Rap, The Royals: Dynasty or Disaster?, others. As composer and record producer he has worked with Julie Andrews, Mel Torme, Sid Caeser and Imogene Coca.

lobel_arnold_lgArnold Lobel (Author): The American author or illustrator of nearly 100 children’s books, Arnold Stark Lobel is best remembered for his classic series of Frog and Toad books: Frog and Toad Are Friends (1970), Frog and Toad Together (1972), Frog and Toad All Year (1976), and Days with Frog and Toad (1979). Using engaging stories and interesting vocabulary to explore the meaning of friendship, Lobel significantly loosened the traditional early-reader format. Appealing animals populate most of his books, including A Zoo for Mister Muster (1962) and Fables (1980), which won the Caldecott Medal. He also wrote poetry (Whiskers and Rhymes, 1986), folktales (Ming Lo Moves the Mountain, 1982), and nonsense books (The Book of Pigericks, 1984). With his wife, Anita Lobel, also a children’s book writer and illustrator, he collaborated on several books, including How the Rooster Saved the Day (1977), A Treeful of Pigs (1979), and The Rose in My Garden (1984). He also illustrated The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983) and The Random House Book of Mother Goose (1986).