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King Lear at the Public Theater

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sam Waterston, who plays King Lear; Kelli O’Hara, who plays Regan; and Michael McKean, who plays Gloucester, discuss the production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” at the Public Theater. It’s playing through November 20.

Guests:

Michael McKean, Kelli O’Hara and Sam Waterston

Comments [5]

Bellier from France

Mme Bellier,

You are an excellent actor, I shall like seeing you on stage in France, for shakespeare's play, it would please me.

Cordially

Nov. 17 2011 12:02 PM
barb7 from New Jersey

I think that Sam is a very humble person.
Possessing many talents. Performing in many roles.
I hope that he continues to accept more.
I am looking forward to his new HBO
show. Thanks Sam!

Nov. 14 2011 08:21 AM
Gerald from Urayasu, Japan

Regarding the question, "was Shakespeare the real Shakespeare?" I appreciated Sam's comment that Shakespeare's insight into the universal human condition is far more important and significant than his knowledge of courts or courtly manners. I'd add how obvious it is that the plays were produced by a "man of the theater." A genius of (relatively) little education is more than capable of using his imagination (and research) to conjure up the worlds of European (and Egyptian, Roman...) aristocracy. But there's no way an aristocrat hiding in a garret could produce great drama without experience in the theater and intimate relationships with his players. It's so sad that even some great theater people today (e.g. Derrick Jacobi) can't see this obvious point.

Nov. 11 2011 11:33 PM
Craig from West Orange, NJ

I was a big fan of L&O for years, so I was thrilled when my wife started getting small parts and extra work on the show. My favorite person on my favortie show!

She once did a scene with you in a court room. She played the court stenographer and the judge, played by Ron Something, said "Don't pack it up just yet, Linda!" Her name is Caroline Cole, but you probably don't remember her.

Nov. 11 2011 12:26 PM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn

Leonard, can you ask Michael if he has any plans in the future to do a film comedy/satire? I absolutely loved him in "This Is Spinal Tap."
Also, how did making that film change his career, if at all?

Nov. 11 2011 12:17 PM

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