Friday, December 04, 2009

Actress Lynn Redgrave stars in a play she wrote herself, inspired by the life of her maternal grandmother, a woman she barely knew. "Nightingale" is playing through December 13 at New York City Center, Stage 1, 131 West 55th Street.


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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from

For 6 months at an acting school--American Musical Theater Academy-- located near the United Nations in 1963 in a class presided over by Philip Burton (teacher of Richard Burton, Richard changed his Welsh name in honor of his teacher), ten students, Lynn and I among them, prepared scenes for analysis by Philip. One would not, if not informed, suspect that she was a name performer. She was there to learn. not to celebrate her celebrity. I told her that many years earlier I met her father the distinguished Shakespearean actor Michael Redgrave while I was rehearsing with Maestro Lehman Engel for the touring company S.M. Chartock's Gilbert & Sullivan Company the productions of "The Mikado" and "The Pirates of Penzeance". at the Central Opera House on 23rd Street, NYC. That was back in 1948.
Lehman Engel, between rehearsals rehearsed Michael in the Speakers role in Lehman's oratorio "The Creation."
All the while, although we were indoors on the second floor, with no windows to let in sunlight, Michael wore sunglasses. I commented on that to him. He said it forced him to memorize, not to concentrate on reading the script, even though in performance he would be permitted to do so. Lynn said that her father committed to memory as much as he could to strengthen that resource.
Opera performers and true thespians learn well their "lines" so that they can be free to maximize their interpretive talents.
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Wagnerian heldentenor, opera composer: "Shakespeare" & "The Political Shakespeare" and director, the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, where actors are trained in the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers are coached in the Wagner operas. Website: www.Wagner, where one can download at "Recorded Selections" 37 complete selections "Live from Carnegie Hall" from my 4 solo concerts at the Isaac Stern Auditorium.

May. 03 2010 08:21 PM
Melissa from Ridgewood, NJ

Boy, that was awkward (the part in the interview about her marriage) ... it was no secret that in 2000 she and John Clark got divorced after Clark admitted fathering a boy out of wedlock that Lynn thought was her step-grandchild.

Research can be a good thing!

Dec. 04 2009 03:29 PM

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