A Talk with Actor, Director, and Screenwriter Toni Kalem


Toni Kalem

By Tom McLaughlin

Rutgers University–Camden will host a talk with actress, director, and screenwriter Toni Kalem – perhaps best known for her role as Angie Bonpensiero, the long-suffering wife of Big Pussy on “The Sopranos.”

The event, originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, is postponed. The new date will be posted once it is available.

The event, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be held in the Black Box Theater, located in the Fine Arts Complex.

Kalem will talk about careers in acting, screenwriting, and directing; the challenges of adapting novels for the screen; the challenges for women in Hollywood; and the realities of making independent films. She will show clips from her 1999 film A Slipping-Down Life and “The Sopranos.”

Kalem wrote the screenplay and directed A Slipping-Down Life, starring Lili Taylor and Guy Pierce, based on Anne Tyler’s 1970 identically titled novel. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

She has also written the screenplay for Layover, the fourth novel written by Lisa Zeidner, a professor of English at Rutgers–Camden, and is finalizing plans to direct the movie this summer.

Born in Springfield, Kalem began her acting career in the late 1970s, with her first prominent part in the 1979 film The Wanderers. She later appeared on soap operas and, in addition to her role as Angie Bonpensiero, wrote for “The Sopranos” and “The Big C.”

For more information, contact Lisa Zeidner at zeidner@camden.rutgers.edu or (856) 225-6490.

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