Monday, June 3, 2013

Musings from TimesTalk "The Leading Women of Broadway"

From today's TimesTalk The Leading Women of Broadway with Judith Light and Jessica Hecht from The Assembled Parties, Kristine Nielsen from Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Holland Taylor from Ann, Maura Tierney from Lucky Guy, and Cicely Tyson from The Trip to Bountiful.

  • Ann Richards felt that she was Jewish. She loved to used Yiddishisms, though often incorrectly. 
  • Christopher Durang encourages actors to "go out on that limb, cut it off, hit yourself on the head, and then get yourself back up."

  • Comedies are easier to execute in a proscenium theater versus a thrust theater.

  • The cast was booed off the stage during the curtain call for Ubu at Lincoln Center. Kristine Nielsen and Christopher Durang bonded during this production.

  • Cicely Tyson believes in divine guidance and that we have nothing to do with how things evolve. Judith Light's manager calls it divine choreography.
  • Jessica Hecht was revived by The Assembled Parties, which validates mature women. 
  •  Edward Albee praised playwright Amy Herzog for writing dangerously.

Link to NYT Stream

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