Woke to discover this review of my stage play MY OLD LADY in the Wall Street Journal. Obviously, it’s extremely favorable or I wouldn’t suggest you read it.
This link will take you to a TV interview I did recently with NY1 News… The video is 8-10 minutes long and contains some nice family photos, as well well as photos from work over the years … and some of my best BS.
Photo is from the terrace of my apartment in Antibes, from where I’m commuting daily to Cannes to help raise money for my film of My Old Lady (a/k/a Trés chére Mathilde). I’m directing, Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline are starring with Jane Birkin and Dominique Pinon. We’ll start filming on September 9th in Paris. How cool is that?
Tonight is closing night (in Lecce, Italy) for “3 Famiglie”, three short plays of mine being performed by Compagnia Horovitz-Paciotto. These three plays, under Andrea Paciotto’s brilliant direction, have been touring in Italy during most of this season, co-produced by Teatro Stabile, Umbria. The photograph above is an image from Andrea’s production of “Man In Snow”, starring two enormously talented actors — Francesco Bolo Rossini and Rossana Carretto. I wrote “Man in Snow” for BBC-Radio 4 way back in 2000… and I played the lead role opposite Marcia Warren. The BBC production went on to win the Sony Radio Academy Award in 2001. But then the play sort of disappeared. Suddenly, 13 years later, “Man in Snow” has come back to life, first with Andrea’s amazing stage production (you can see a video clip on YouTube) … and a recently-recorded (French) radio production which I co-directed with François Christophe for France Culture, starred the astonishing French star Patrick Chesnais. “Homme dans la neige” will be included in a festival of my plays to be broadcast on France Culture in September, 2013. It amazes me how some plays have their little explosive moment and then, inexplicably, seem to hibernate. But when they wake, it is as if they were never gone. Considering that our planet is some 28 trillion years old, I suppose a play that takes a nap for 10 or 11 years hasn’t really wasted a lot of time… but it is a tad disquieting/confusing when I think I’ve written something that might fly around the world… but it doesn’t… and then it does… I learn very little from this beyond stopping myself from trying to predict how a play of mine will fare in the world … My job is to just keep writing. It turns out that plays, like children, find their own lives.
Ollie’s reading and book-signing at Barnes and Noble, NYC, was such a rite of passage … writer of passage. Thrilling.
Have a look at well-deserved rave review for Ollie’s book in today’s PGA.COM.
“An American Caddie in St. Andrews,” by Oliver Horovitz, goes on sale Thursday, March 14.
By T.J. Auclair
I recently received a copy of a new book entitled, “An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing Up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course,” (Gotham Books) which goes on sale tomorrow, March 14.
It’s a lovely memoir by 26-year-old American Oliver Horovitz, who has spent the last seven summers caddying at the Old Course.
It’s quite interesting how Horovitz became a St. Andrews looper.
As a senior in high school, Horovitz was given a deferred admission to Harvard College. He had been accepted, but had to first take a “gap year.”
During the gap year, Horovitz went to St. Andrews University, where he studied English, played on the golf team and enjoyed the school’s 70/30 girl-to-boy ratio (Prince William was even enrolled there at the time).
Since many of Horovitz’s friends decided to stay and caddie at St. Andrews in the summer, he chose to do the same. That’s where the story takes off.
Needless to say, Horovitz wasn’t immediately “taken under the wing” of veteran caddies, but his hard work paid off and he eventually earned their respect.
“As soon as I started caddying in St. Andrews, back when I was 18, I knew that I’d stumbled into a special place,” Horovitz said. “The Scots with which I was sharing bench space — Bruce Sorley, Big Malcky, Wee Eck, Switchy, Boozy, Loopy — these were guys that had looped for Presidents, for Arnold Palmer, for Tiger Woods. They were as old school as the Old Course. And I wanted to be like them. Each summer that I returned, the caddie shack became more and more central to my particular life. Now, with, ‘An American Caddie in St. Andrews,’ I want to share my story, and some unforgettable characters who ply their trade on the Old Course’s famous 120 acres.”
Once Horovitz went back home following his gap year to attend Harvard, he ended up homesick… for St. Andrews.
A press release explains:
A cheap plane ticket purchased for the next summer’s break and 20 sleepless hours later, Oliver is back where he belongs: on the links in St. Andrews. His adventures on the Old Course continue and include hosting secret evening training sessions with “Model Caddies” — 25 beautiful University of St. Andrewss co-eds who founded a rival caddie program on the Old Course; debauched nights on the town throughout St. Andrews’ numerous pubs; caddying for the likes of Larry David and Huey Lewis; and finding love (or something like it) for the first time.
This, fellow lovers of golf, is a must read.
To learn more, visit www.OliverHorovitz.com.
My memoire UN NEW-YORKAIS A PARIS has recently been published in France by Grasset, and is available for purchase from Amazon or directly from most French bookstores. I haven’t re-translated the text back into English because so much has happened since I turned in my manuscript, I have a ton of updating to do. Also, the focus of the French edition is pretty much things-French … Paris productions of my plays, etc. The prospect of going back into the manuscript and Americanizing the thing is a bit daunting. (It took me three years to write to the current edition.) Also, if the movie of My Old Lady works out, I’ll no doubt write a lonnnnggg new chapter. Anyway, UN NEW-YORKAIS A PARIS out and available in French … and I’d love you to read it.