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Guest Picks: Jeremy Shamos

Friday, March 07, 2014

The star of Dinner with Friends at the Laura Pels Theater told us what he's been reading and listening to recently.

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"The Caretaker"

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Award-winning stage and screen veteran Jonathan Pryce, talks about taking on one of theater’s most cunning tramps, Davies, in Harold Pinter’s "The Caretaker." He’s joined by Alex Hassle and Alan Cox who also star in the play, produced by Theatre Royal Bath Productions/Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music through June 17.

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Alan Arkin

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Academy Award winner Alan Arkin discusses his life and acting career. His memoir An Improvised Life recollects his artistic and personal process of becoming an actor, and offers a revealing look into the creative mind. He has starred and appeared in more than 80 films, and is also a director, musician, and children's book author.

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Black Tie

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ari Brand, Gregg Edelman, and Carolyn McCormick talk about their roles in A. R. Gurney’s new comedy “Black Tie.” The play follows Curtis, father of the groom, who simply wants to make a memorable toast at his son’s wedding. Instead, he finds himself defending his family’s conventions and traditions. “Black Tie” has been extended through March 27 at 59E59 Theaters.

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Paprika Steen on "Applause"

Friday, January 21, 2011

Scandinavian actress Paprika Steen discusses her role in the film “Applause.” She plays Thea, a stage actress and recovering alcoholic seeking to regain control over her life while reconnecting with her two young sons. Her intense struggle occurs while she’s starring as Martha in a stage production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a role that Steen famously enacted on the Danish stage. "Applause" opens January 21 at Angelika Film Center and Village East Cinema.

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Mummenschanz

Monday, December 20, 2010

Bernie Schurch and Floriana Frassetto, two founding players of the pioneering Swiss performance troupe Mummenschanz talk about their work, which brings to life fantastical forms and creatures made of ordinary objects such as toilet paper, note pads, wires, and boxes. Mummenschanz is performing in New York for the first time since 2003, December 20 through January 8, at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

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Ashley Judd

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Actress Ashley Judd talks about her career, growing up in a famous family, and about her latest dramatic role in in the new movie “Helen.” The movie is about a university professor who has a sudden, unexpected breakdown that sends her into severe depression. “Helen” opens July 30th at the Quad Cinema.

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David Rabe on the Stage and on the Page

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

David Rabe discusses his career as both a novelist and a playwright. His play “A Question of Mercy,” is currently playing at Atlantic State 2. Based on the journal of Dr. Richard Selzer, it tells the story of a doctor trying to help a young man dying of AIDS end his life, rather than suffering alive. Rabe’s latest novel, Girl by the Road at Night, is his first work of fiction set in Vietnam.

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Shakespeare in the Park

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Lily Rabe and Marianne Jean-Baptiste discuss their roles in “The Merchant of Venice,” and “The Winter’s Tale,” part of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park. They are both at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park through August 1. More information and schedule here.

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