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Episode #60

Patti LuPone and Jon Robin Baitz and Stacy Keach

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Monday, February 03, 2014

Patti LuPone was only four years old when she realized she belonged on stage, and she started by entertaining family members in her Long Island living room. LuPone won her second Tony Award for Evita, which she initially described as merely “noise from Britain.” Although she has enjoyed tremendous, long-term success, she talks candidly to Alec about blows to her career and ego. 

Jon Robin Baitz is a playwright who admits that writing plays is tricky. He’s a snob for Broadway, where the cachet and laughs are bigger. But deep down, this award-winning playwright considers it a privilege to be working in American theater at all. Alec speaks to Baitz about his Broadway debut play, Other Desert Cities, that came from a place of despair and lossand his own personal experience writing for television in Hollywood.

Stacy Keach’s dad was an actor, director and a producer. He had hoped his son would be a lawyer. Keach eventually wore down his parents, abandoned his major of political science and economics to pursue acting. Keach started with Shakespeare, which took him from a festival in Oregon to studying classical theater in England. Today, Keach teaches acting via Skype and his only true regret is not experiencing more of the great outdoors.

 

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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