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Full Excerpt About Peabody House's Impact on Alumnus Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy at BU

Peabody House Alumnus Leonard Nimoy

"...I first stepped on stage when I was eight years old at 357 Charles Street, The Elizabeth Peabody Playhouse. The playhouse is gone now, but, for years, you could see a sign on the spot that said 'If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now". It was a community settlement house which was created to help immigrants find their way into the culture. They offered classes in language, cooking, shopping, kitchen sanitation, dental care and how to apply for a job. There was a gym and a sports program, and there was a small gem of a theater. When I was eight years old, I was asked to sing a song, probably God Bless America. And I was cast as Hansel in a production of Hansel and Gretel. It was something to do after school and on weekends. And I continued in various student productions for seven years..."

 

An excerpt from Peabody House Alumnus Leonard Nimoy's Remarks,
Boston University's College of Fine Arts' Convocation,
May 19, 2012

See Below Nimoy's Peabody Play House Stage, A Nimoy Playbill & The Theater Before Its Demise

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 This  is a TEPH fundraising brochure for the theater.
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 This graphic is another profile of the proposed theater.
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 Leonard Nimoy, then 9, is listed as an extra at the bottom of this playbill, while his older brother Melvin, plays Peter, The Cobbler.
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 This news article notes the historic significance of The Peabody House Theater before it met the wrecking ball in a West End redevelopment effort.