Actors at Work

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-08-07
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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It's extremely difficult to be an actor, for many reasons: It's mostly unrewarding financially. It takes a lot of hard work before an actor even gets a part. A career is apt to be short-lived. The field is incredibly competitive. Cream does not always rise to the top. And yet actors young and old line up by the thousands wanting to do it. What fuels this desire? What is it that drives actors to withstand the frustration of not getting parts, of getting bad parts in bad plays, of being mistreated by directors, misundertood by audiences, misinterpreted by critics? With a nod to theParis Review's Writers at Work model,Actors at Worklooks at the way some of our most respected stage and film actors today approach their calling. In a collection of interviews with a dozen artists, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Patti LuPone, Billy Crudup, and Alec Baldwin, the book explores not only the impetus to perform but also key topics about the process and profession, including the way actors approach a role, what techniques they use to deal with directors and other cast members, the ways in which they use their own personal lives in their work, and their influences, idols, and insecurities. The result is a book that actors will find indispensable and fans will find irresistible.

Author Biography

Rosemarie Tichler spent a decade working closely with the city’s most gifted actors as artistic producer of the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre. Barry Jay Kaplan is a playwright and novelist

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Marian Seldesp. 3
Billy Crudupp. 30
Estelle Parsonsp. 48
Kevin Klinep. 78
Mandy Patinkinp. 104
Frances Conroyp. 127
Patti Luponep. 156
John Lithgowp. 184
S. Epatha Merkersonp. 209
Dianne Wiestp. 232
Ruben Santiago-Hudsonp. 259
Meryl Streepp. 288
Kevin Spaceyp. 308
Philip Seymour Hoffmanp. 334
About the Intervieweesp. 357
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