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Episode #60

Patti LuPone and Jon Robin Baitz and Stacy Keach

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Monday, February 03, 2014

Alec Baldwin talks with three major theater artists who have had different influences, obstacles, and career experiences. 

Patti LuPone – who has 26 Broadway credits and two Tonys, one for "Evita" and one for "Gypsy” is known for her opinions; she’s passionate. “I love what I do,” LuPone tells Alec, “I love the audience, and I love the fact that I get to do it . . . I love our craft very, very, much, and it’s a noble craft.”

Playwright Jon Robin Baitz grew up in Brazil and South Africa -- transferring to Beverly Hills High School for his senior year where he says he “became friends ... with fellow freaks.” He’s been writing ever since -- even though he admits that “writing plays has always been very tricky.” Baitz talks about his short-lived adventure writing for television in Hollywood and the relief of coming back to the American theater.

Alec also visits with actor Stacy Keach who has played such meaty roles as Richard III, King Lear, Hamlet, Falstaff, and Willy Loman. He also appeared as Sergeant Stedanko in Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke and as the president of Duff Beer in The Simpsons. Keach has been acting for more than half a century and as he explains to Alec, his philosophy on the craft has evolved: “I think in my early days I started pretty much from the outside and tried to get a fix on what the character looked like … I think it’s better to start inside and work out if you can.”

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Comments [1]

Barbara Schuster from Dallas

Alec - Since I have listened to all your podcasts in the archives, when are you going to start a new season? You are an incredible interviewer - style, great voice, intelligence and humor. I feel like I'm listening in on a private conversation between 2 extremely interesting people. Your piece with Bruce Dern added so much to my experience viewing Nebraska.

Looking forward to more interviews.

Feb. 03 2014 10:04 AM

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