Creative team

D. Brandes
David Brandes is the award-winning writer and producer of the critically acclaimed motion picture The Quarrel. He is also the executive producer, co-creator and writer of the TV series My Life As A Dog for Showtime. He has written for Jim Henson’s classic Fraggle Rock TV series, for the Strangers HBO series and was the writer of Roger Corman’s all-time best selling video release The Dirt Bike Kid. David produced the action-adventure film American Hero. David graduated McGill University with a BA in Sociology and Political Science and the UCLA Graduate School of Motion Picture and Television with an MFA. A Canadian citizen and long time U.S. resident, David began his career as a television journalist and documentary filmmaker with the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) in Ottawa. David is on the advisory board of the Center for Jewish Culture & Creativity as well as the Heartland Film Festival. He has received a Canadian Academy Award Nomination (Genie) for Best Adapted Screenplay, The Quarrel; Crystal Heart Award - Heartland Film Festival, for the creator of The Quarrel; Achad Ha’am Award - Center for Jewish Culture & Creativity, for The Quarrel, and - twice - the Ontario Arts Council Award.
J. Telushkin
Joseph Telushkin, a rabbi, is the co-writer and associate producer of the 1991 film The Quarrel, as well as the author of several books that have made Jewish philosophy, theology, and history accessible to the broad public, including The Book of Jewish Values, A Code of Jewish Ethics; Volume 1: You Shall be Holy and A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 2: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself. Among his previous books are Jewish Literacy; Jewish Wisdom; Words That Hurt, Words That Heal; Biblical Literacy; and Jewish Humor. In 1997, his novel An Eye for an Eye became the basis for four episodes of the Emmy Award-winning ABC TV series The Practice, and he has co-written three additional episodes of the program. He has most recently written Rebbe, also a New York Times best-seller. Rabbi Telushkin was ordained at Yeshiva University in New York and pursued graduate studies in Jewish history at Columbia University. He lectures throughout the United States and serves as an associate of CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and as spiritual leader of the Synagogue for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. He lives in New York City with his wife, Dvorah Menashe Telushkin, and their four children.
R. Walden
Robert Walden (director). Directing credits—for theatre: Dylan (three LA Critics’ Circle Awards; seven Dramalogue Awards,) Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, After Crystal Night, A Cheap Date With Harvey Miller, Girl in Heat, Collected Stories; The Quarrel (Los Angeles); for TV: Brothers, Silk Stalkings. Acting credits—recent Off-Broadway: The American Clock; The Writing on the Wall; Regional: Curtains, (Ahmanson Theater), Mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting (Pasadena Playhouse) – Dramalogue Award/Best Actor, Other People’s Money (Old Globe, San Diego), House of Blue Leaves (Cincinnati Playhouse); also Mark Taper, Arena Stage, A.C.T.  Television: Lou Grant (three Emmy nominations), Brothers (two Cable Ace nominations), Law & Order: SVU, West Wing, and many more.  Film: All the President’s Men, Hospital, WhiskeySchool, forty more.  Lifetime member: Actors Studio.  Professor at The New School of Drama, MFA program.
S. Guncler
Sam Guncler (Chaim). Broadway: The Gathering (with Hal Linden). Off-Broadway: My Name is Asher Lev, Bug, The Quarrel, The Goldman Project, productions at Soho Rep, John Houseman Theatre, Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre, Jewish Rep, ArcLight, Theatre for the New City, Phoenix, Abingdon, Rattlestick, Urban Stages. Regional: The Gathering (with Theodore Bikel), Lenny, The Normal Heart, Talley’s Folly, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Lost in Yonkers, Syncopation (nom. Best Actor, CT. Critics Circle), Conversations With My Father, The Heidi Chronicles, The Substance of Fire, Crossing Delancey, Broadway Bound, Sight Unseen, The Immigrant, Prelude to a Kiss, Social Security, I Hate Hamlet, Wenceslas Square, A Perfect Ganesh, The Comedy of Errors, That Championship Season, A Strange and Separate People. TV: Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, The Sopranos, Third Watch, The Job, Unsolved Mysteries; afterschool specials, countless corporate films and videos. Feature film: On the Q.T., Just Like in the Movies. Most recent audiobook: Sheldon Siegel’s bestselling The Confession.
R. Russell
Reuven Russell (Hersh), an accomplished actor and comedian with an extensive theatrical background, has been seen on ER and in the feature films Chaplin, Inside Monkey Zetterland, and The Proprietor. He originated the role of Hersh in the stage debut of The Quarrel. He has toured nationally in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys starring Mickey Rooney and Donald O’Connor. His one-man show, Gathering the Sparks, has played to audiences in over 100 cities around the world. He can currently be seen in the films Advice and Dissent with Eli Wallach and Rebecca Pidgeon, and The Permeable Man, as well as the children’s video series The Adventures of Agent Emes. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Reuven teaches Theatre and Public Speaking at Stern College and is the artistic director of the Stern College Dramatic Society. He is the father of five and is the son of comedian and Jewish humorist Joey Russell.
F. Trigo
Federico Trigo (Joshua) is a graduate of the New School for Drama. His credits include the off-Broadway production of The Quarrel, as well as Nicky, Millicent the Magnificent: An Origins Story; Silva Vicarro, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton; John, The One Hundred Most Beautiful Names of Todd; Demetrius, A Midsummer Night's Dream (dir. Austin Pendleton). Ad astra per alia porci.
C. Grade
Chaim Grade (1910-1982) was one of the foremost Yiddish writers of the modern era. Born in Vilna, he attended both secular and religious schools, including a Novarodoker mussar yeshiva, and studied with the Chazon Ish, Rabbi Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz. After leaving the yeshiva world, in the early 1930s he developed a reputation as an author and poet in the “Young Vilna” group of experimental artists. When the Germans invaded Vilna, Grade lost his first wife and his mother, but managed to escape to Russia until the end of the war. After remarrying, he eventually settled in the USA in 1948. His works include novels, novellas, short stories, and poetry: The Sacred and the Profane, The Aguna, The Yeshiva, Mayn Krig Mit Hersh Rassayner, Churbn, and dozens of others.
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