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Working in the Theatre
An acclaimed fixture on New York television and in the theatre community for 30 years, the American Theatre Wing's Working in the Theatre offers an unprecedented forum for the meeting of theatrical minds.
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This theatre interview show brings together performers, directors, playwrights, designers, choreographers, producers and behind-the-scenes personnel from the American and international theatre, the interviews offer a rare opportunity for students and audiences to see and hear the people who create theatre engaged in thoughtful conversation with one another. With more than 900 past guests, the interviews have become an unequalled archive of theatrical talk, a chance to hear from the people behind the characters, stories and productions that draw us to the theatre.

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Working in the Theatre is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties.

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Vondie Curtis-Hall - Actor
Ossie Davis - Actor
Swoosie Kurtz - Actor
Jean Stapleton - Actor
Loretta Swit - Actor
Jean Dalrymple - Moderator
George C. White - Moderator
Isabelle Stevenson - Host

The panel of performers - Vondie Curtis-Hall (Raisin In The Sun), Ossie Davis (I'm Not Rappaport), Swoosie Kurtz (The House of Blue Leaves), Jean Stapleton (Arsenic and Old Lace, and Loretta Swit (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) - discuss how they got started in the business, Stapleton's experience working at the Stage Door Canteen and attending the American Theatre Wing school, how dance training contributes to overall performance, working with agents and experiences with typecasting, and balancing a film and television career with stage work.

Originally taped - September, 1986
Running Time - 1:30:00

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