This edition: Rosemarie Tichler, casting directorTweet
Original tape date: May 12, 2006.
Casting director Rosemarie Tichler auditioned almost every major name in theatre in the last forty years. Her favorite audition of all time is by Meryl Streep, who did a serious, classical Queen Margaret monologue from Henry VI, and a very funny Terrence McNally monologue about a woman who remembers all of her lovers from high school. She also fondly describes Joe Papp's incomparable vision and accomplishment with The Public Theater in New York City, for which she briefly became artistic director after Joe's death. In particular, she talks about The Public Theater's revolutionary philosophy of color-blind or non-traditional casting, where she cast Tracey Ullman opposite Morgan Freeman in Taming of the Shrew and Diane Venora as Hamlet.