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Podcasts with America's seminal directors and choreographers

Enjoy rare insights into how theatre is made with this podcast interview series produced by Stage Directors and Choreographers Workshop Foundation (SDCF) and co-presented by TDF. Browse three decades of priceless one-on-one conversations and panel discussions with distinguished theatre and dance luminaries.

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Arthur Penn 2002

Date: Apr 01, 2002


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In 2002, Arthur Penn sat down for a One-on-One conversation with SDCF Executive Director David Diamond to discuss his triple-threat career in theatre, television and film. He tells the story of his launch into theatre from the army, followed by an early career in TV and the Actors Studio. He talks about his relationship with Bill Gibson which launched two of his biggest successes: The Miracle Worker and Two for the Seesaw, and shares humorous anecdotes about working with Lillian Hellman, Sammy Davis, Jr., George C. Scott, Henry Fonda and the geneses of The Golden Boy, Wait Until Dark, Sly Fox and his film The Left-Handed Gun. Mr. Penn discusses his approach to directing, the importance of casting and his embrace of Stanislavsky's Method for both theatre and film. Other topics include the shrinking audience for theatre today, the self-serving nature of Hollywood, and his early inspirations in Elia Kazan and the Group Theatre. Mr. Penn's positive attitude about both the highs and lows of his career is inspiring, and this ninety-minute discussion with the legendary director should not be missed.