Abbe Raven's Husband Enters Showbiz With Off-Broadway Play 'Traveling Papers'

Abbe Raven Martin Tackel - H 2015
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Abbe Raven Martin Tackel - H 2015

Attorney Martin Tackel co-created the travel-themed show — which includes works by Mark Twain, Anthony Bourdain and others — but his wife, the former A&E chairman, isn't involved in the production.

This story first appeared in the June 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Now that Abbe Raven has retired from A&E as its chairman, it looks like her husband, Martin Tackel, is entering showbiz. Attorney Tackel teamed with Barbara Bosch to co-create Traveling Papers, playing this June at the Lion Theatre on New York’s Theatre Row. The travel-themed show includes works by Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Anthony Bourdain and Paul Theroux.

"As I said to my wife," Tackel tells THR of Raven, who is not involved in the production, "if nobody sues me and nobody falls off a ladder, I will do this again tomorrow."