THE ART OF ACTING
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
"We can be bought," they said," but
we can't be bored." The king and queen of American theater,
Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne turned down a fantastic sum from the
movies in the middle of the depression to continue to live their
illusion on the stage. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
the art of acting, from the Bard to Barrymore and beyond.
ten chimneys main house
ten chimneys library
Margot Peters is the author of "Design
for Living" - a biography of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.
She tells Jim Fleming the Lunts were the royalty of American theater,
passionate perfectionists, and that Alfred Lunt might have become
the greatest actor of his age. Also, The Lunts called their Wisconsin
home Ten Chimneys. Jim Fleming takes us to visit the property
and we hear from Sean Malone, Director of the Ten Chimneys
Foundation. Listeners can see pictures of the Lunts and their
house at the Ten
"The Great Profile"
|Lee Ernst has played John
Barrymore several times in a play about the actor by William
Luce, at American
Players Theater repertory company in Spring Green,
Wisconsin.. He performs excerpts and talks with Jim Fleming
about John Barrymore, his art and his alcohol addiction.
Stephen Greenblatt is the author of "Will
in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare." He tells
Steve Paulson he thinks Shakespeare's father was a drunk, leaving
Will with complex feelings about alcohol, and that Shakespeare
was probably the only literate member of his family. Also, Grace
Tiffany's new novel is called "Will." She talks
about the Will Shakespeare in her mind with Anne Strainchamps,
and excerpts from her book are dramatized by actors from James
Ridge and Jonathan Smoots of the American
Players Theater repertory company in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
The movie montage at the end of the show contains
Mel Gibson in "Hamlet"
Ethan Hawke in "Hamlet"
Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes in "Shakespeare in Love"
(Romeo and Juliet speech)
Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh in "Much Ado About Nothing"
Leonardo diCaprio and others in "Romeo and Juliet"
earlier in the hour, we heard an excerpt from a
1970 film production of
Cassette copies are available
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- Stephen Greenblatt, Will
in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (Norton)
- Margot Peters, Design for Living
- Grace Tiffany, Will:
a novel (Berkley)
- 1. After Margot Peters and
Ten Chimneys segments: "Ambulatory Suite", by George
and Ira Gershwin -- on "Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George
and Ira Gershwin Songbook." (Verve Records)
- 2. After Lee Ernst and Stephen Greenblatt: Gerry
Arling and Richard Cameron, "Music for Imaginary Films".
(Emperor Norton Records)
- 3. Under Shakespeare reading: Lutz Kirchhof, "The
Lute in Dance and Dream." (Vivarte)
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