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This edition: At Work and Play: Lead Actors 2009

Episode Details

Original tape date: April 17, 2009.

Beginning the discussion with the question of when, or if, work becomes fun, our guests, lead actors all--Jane Alexander, Bill Irwin, Angela Lansbury, Cynthia Nixon, and Geoffrey Rush--also talk about how they choose roles and whether they'd consider playing smaller roles on the stage today; what they feel from an audience and how they react as audience members; their relationship to, and the role of, the stage manager; how much they consciously set the tone for the company; how they balance the thoughts of the playwright and the director -- and how they handle it when the two don't agree; and whether they follow stage directions from the existing script.

Guest List

Jane Alexander Actress

Bill Irwin Actor

Angela Lansbury Actress

Cynthia Nixon Actress

Geoffrey Rush Actor

Howard Sherman Moderator, American Theatre Wing