The films Romance & Cigarettes and Illuminata, both directed by John Turturro, and Luminous Motion and Handsome Harry, both directed by Bette Gordon are among June Stein’s most recent film appearances. She has also appeared in Sidney Lumet’s Q & A, and Tim Robbins' Bob Roberts among others. She recently shot the pilot for Mr. Robbins' (writer/director) Possible Side Effects for Showtime, and appeared in the pilot Like Family for NBC. Off-Broadway, she has originated many roles including the role of Roberta for John Patrick Shanley’s acclaimed Danny and the Deep Blue Sea opposite Mr. Turturro, Beth Henley’s The Miss Firecracker Contest and Am I Blue, Willliam Hoffman's As Is, Donald Margulies Found A Peanut, Milan Stitt’s The Runner Stumbles. She has also participated in Sundance's Theatre Lab.
She has directed world premieres of plays by John Patrick Shanley, Lanford Wilson, John Bishop, Ned Eisenberg, Wendy Hammond, Seth Zvi Rosenfeld etc. for The Vineyard Theatre, E.S.T., Capitol Rep, The Magic Theatre, N.Y. Stage and Film and Circle Repertory Company, where she also co-founded and served as Literary Manager for Circle Rep Lab. Most recently she directed the U.S. premier of Ken Duncan’s Cherish for The Spoon Theatre. Her interviews with Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro appeared in Bomb Magazine; she holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and her poetry has been published by Bellevue Literary Review.
BOMB Interview: John Turturro
Twenty-four years ago I puttered uptown in my mother’s old Toyota to pick up a man I didn’t know. The man was John Turturro and our destination....▶
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Romance and Cigarettes
There is more raw vitality pumping through “Romance & Cigarettes,” John Turturro’s passionate ode to the sensual pulse of life in a working-class neighborhood of Queens....▶