Sunday, 26 February 2012

Finally!

Congratulations, Mr. P!

If you haven't heard, Christopher Plummer won his first Oscar for The Beginners.  It is well deserved, and about time.

And, he wore his Order of Canada pin on his lapel.  Very classy...

Here's a link to his acceptance speech.  Thanks, Perez.

http://perezhilton.com/2012-02-26-oscars-2012-christopher-plummer-acceptance-speech

Thursday, 23 February 2012

No reading today

I was going to read at lunch, but I received a phone call asking me if my monthly Breastfeeding group was still going on. I have never missed a meeting! I arrived half an hour late. Oops. I'm so glad the women in my group 1) called me and 2) loved me enough to call and 3) got in touch with. caterer, too. Melissa - you saved the day. I owe you!

Luke had cubs after dinner. Then I had to get my hair cut for the presentation I'm giving in Toronto next week.

I am too hyped from the day to read now.

Oh, Kevin Spacey is on Letterman tonight. PVR all set up. Hmm - I thought his goatee was greyer the last I saw an interview with him.

Anyone else seen an interview with him about his Richard III? Eerily similar to Mr Plummer's. And Mr P helped rebuild The Globe as Kevin did with The Old Vic. I wonder how The old Vic board was with it. Mr P had a hell of a time - 2 different groups trying to do it at the same time. What questions I have for the both of them...

Night

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Feb 22 - lots of world history...

I could go over this book and do research on just the world history. But, I already have my history degree :-)

Movies
Ballad of a soldier
Wild Strawberries
marathon man
Four Walls

Actor
Sergei zaqaraiadze
Margaret Leighton
Dorothy Tutin
Edmund Kean
Chapliapin
Salvini
Frederick Valk
Frank Finlay
Charles Kay
Ronald pickup
Denis quilley
Anthony Hopkins
Paul Hecht



Playwright
Pushkin
Christopher Fry
Anthony Burgess - cyrano the musical

Screenwriter
Robert Bolt
Frederic Raphael

Play
Peer Gynt - Ibsen
The lady's not for burning
The dark is light enough
A Phoenix too frequent
Much Ado
Coriolanus
Amphitryon 38 - giraudoux
Danton's death - Buchner
Long days journey into night
Cyrano - musical


Music
Edvard Grieg


Director
Roman Polanski

BBC
Trelawny of the Wells - mrs Elaine

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

My new book does not smell anymore

Thanks, @stratfest! My reading is more enjoyable - and filled with love and gratitude to you...and all the magic inside the covers.


Apologies for spelling errors. I read the book with my phone on my chest (if I'm lying down) or at my side if sitting up. When I see what I believe to be a new name, I type it into my notes on phone. At night, I just copy and paste. One day, I'll go through and correct. I should get my eldest to do it. He is great with grammar!

Feb 21.

Today's reading also details resurrecting the Globe theatre. Good read!

Movie
Oepidus the king rex - Paul Roche - poet
The life and death f colonel blimp
I know where I'm going
The avengers
Never on Sunday
Chimes at midnight
Serpent of the Nile
Tunes of glory - James kennaway
Lock up your daughters
Half a six-pence
Mutiny on the bounty
The battle of Britain
The royal hunt of the sun
Susannah York
Doctor zhivago
Indiana jones and Temple of doom
Dragon slayer
Travels with my aunt
Waterloo


Play
Antony and cleopatra
The government inspector
Dance of death
Merry wives
The relapse - John vanbrugh
Where the rainbow ends
Sir Roy Strong

Producer
Michael Luke, brother of Peter Luke
Harry saltzman
Bennie fisz

Actors
Irene Pappas
Cyril Cusack
Roger livesey
Richard Johnson
Lilli palmer
Diana Rigg
Katherine Cornell
Zoe Caldwell (cleopatra @ stratfest)
Alan bates
Faye dunaway
Elaine regina Taylor
Dora Bryan
Tommy Steele
Michael MacLiammoir
Hugh Griffith
Sam Wanamaker
Donal Donnelly


Book
Prospero's Cell -- Lawrence Durrell

Director
Jean gascon
Irving Lerner
Will Roach
Sergei bondarchuk

Poet
Sir John Betjeman

Feb 19 "S&M"

Feb 19 S&M

Opera
Giuseppi di Stefano
Ettore Bastianini

Director
Robert Wise
Bob mulligan
John dexter
Terence Young


Actor
Eleanor Parker
Richard Haydn
Peggy Wood
Gil Stewart
Shirley MacLaine
Natalie Wood
Warren Beatty
Stella Stevens
Robert Redford
Lillian Gish
Dorothy Gish
Irene dunne
Gladys cooper
Mary Astor
Myrna loy
Greer Garson
Samantha eggar
Richard attenburough
David caradine
Gary merrill
Sean Connery
Romy Schneider
Yul brenner
Richard Harris

Screenwriter
Ernie Lehman

Movie
The sound of music
Citizen Kane
Magnificent ambersons
Irma la Douce
Cleopatra
Splendour in the Grass
Inside daisy clover
Rebel without a cause
Gypsy
West side story
Dr Doolittle
Triple cross
Dr no
Thunderball
From Russia with love
Garden of the fitzi-continis - vittorio De Sica
The night of the generals


Vegetables at Miche's - almost perfumed...

Capt & Maria's dance
The Lendler

Producer
Alan Pakula


MGM head - Irving thalberg

Jack Warner

Play
The boys in the band - Matt Crowley
The royal hunt of the sun - Peter shaffer
Musician
Leslie and evie Bricusse - dr Doolittle

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Feb 18 - welcome to the 60's

Feb 18, 2012
royal Shakespeare company 1961
Geraldine McEwan
Dorothy Turtin
Ian bennan
Eric Porter
Ian Richardson
Roy Dotrice
Colin Blakely
Richard Johnson
Peter O'Toole
Ian holm
Diana Rigg
Dame Peggy Ashcroft
Margaret Leighton
Dame Edith Evans
Esmond Knight
Sir John Gielgud

Actors

Patrick Wymark
Newton Blick
Ian Bannen
Peter McEnery
Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies
Janet munro
Tommy cooper (comic)
Lenny Bruce
Martha Henry
John colicos
Toby Robbins
Douglas rain
Hope Lange
John Ireland
James Mason
Andrew Keir
Sophia Loren
Omar Sharif
Doc Erikson
Count Friedrich von ledebur
Dougie Wilmer
Lady Diana Duff-Cooper
Ann Todd
Elvi Hale
George murcell
Paul and Joanne Newman
Eli and Annie Wallachs
Stephen Boyd
Maximilian Schell
Robert Shaw
Alec Clunes
Steven birkoff
Roy kinnear
Philip Locke
Donald Sutherland
Ernest Milton
Michael Caine
Lionel Stander
Elisha Cooke jr
Mervyn Vye
Tom Pedi



First actors to be on satellite - after speech by pres Kennedy


Director
Noel Willam
Peter Wood
Anthony (Puffin) Asquith
Anthony Mann
Tony Richardson

Producer
Hugh binkie Beaumont
Anatol Tolly de grunwald
Bronstons
Peter Hall
Royal Shakespeare's boss
David Merrick


Musician/composer
Alec Whittaker


Actor/manager
Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree

BBC
House of Cards

US - tribute to pres Kennedy on PBS

Movie
Waking Ned Devine
Lawrence of Arabia
The producers
My favourite year
The fall of the roman empire
The VIPs
God's Little Acres
The man from Laramie
The far country
El Cid
Ben-Hur
Stage Coach
Moby Dick
Dolce Vita
2001
The seventh veil
Spartacus
Heroes of telemark
A dandy in Aspic
55 days at Peking
Hamlet - tv -Emmy award, plus nomination for mr p
The entertainer
The loved ones- Evelyn Waugh
Tom jones


Play
Becket - jean Anouilh
The lady from the sea
Oliver!
Stop the world: I want to get off - tony newley & Leslie Bricusse
Fings ain't wot they used t'be - Joan littlewood & Oh! What a lovely war
Beyond the fringe - Dudley Moore Jonathan miller & allan Bennett
Damn Yankees
Ghosts - Ibsen
Pygmalion
Arturo Ui
Look back in anger - John Osbourne changed English speaking theatre forever?

Poem
Paradise Lost - Milton

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

February 14 Family History at Stratford

History for me in here is part of my family history. Mr P discussed being in Romeo and Juliet in Stratford. This was my mom's first (and maybe only) play she saw. I grew up thinking, believing, that Stratford was the best of the best. Kate Reid (the Nurse) and Mr P were like long lost relatives. I am glad he has been alive ling enough for not just me, but my children especially, to have seen him work his magic on stage. I wish I could take them all with me this summer. But, they have all seen him at a book signing. Dakota and Cordelia (of course) met him. Dakota saw him in The Tempest. Maybe one day his kids will tell the story - I wonder who their generations's Mr P will be?

Feb 14

Playwrights
Nichols and May
Flanders and Swann
Mike Gazzo (a hatful of rain)
Zero Mostel
George Tabori
Jule Styne
Lerner and Loewe
Herman Levin
Moss Hart

Author
Elaine Dundy - the dud avocado


Johnny Carson
Joe Allan
Shelley Winters
Tony Franciosa
Sus Caesar
Art carney
Steve Allan
Jules Munshin
Jones Harris (father Jed Harris - Broadway)
Ralph Richardson
Vivica Lindfors
Jack Lemmon
Eileen Heckart
Hume Cronyn
Inger Stevens
Gig young
Katherine Hepburn
Diana Lynn
Paul muni
Irene worth
Joan Plowright
Lauren bacall
Greer Garson
George rose
Liam Redmond
Dame Edith Evans



Movies/tv
The Four Feathers
The autocrat of the breakfast table
Forbidden planet
A doll's house - Ibsen
Johnny belinda
The prisoner of Zenda
Dial m for murder
The Philadelphia story
A letter from the queen
The oresteia
Captain brassbound's conversion
Time remembered
Swiss family Robinson

Play
Toys on the attic
The unsinkable Molly Brown
A taste of honey
Camelot
King John
The way of the world


Director
Fielder Cook


Music
Conrad janis - trombone tailgate five
Mabel mercer
Mel Tormé
Perry como
Ellen terry
William Poel

Monday, 13 February 2012

Feb 13

I think I should have made this a database. Some names repeat in day to day readings. I apologise.

Feb 13

Look up quote - farewell, thou latter spring! Farewell, All-hallowed summer!

Writer

Archibald MacLeish JB
Literature and poetry
3 Pulitzer prizes
National medal of literature
Presidential medal of freedom

WH Auden p 279

James Baldwin - "giovanni's room"


Actor
Pat hingle
Raymond Massey vincent's brother
Jimmy Olson
Cliff James
Janet ward
Christopher Walken
Sandra church
Julie styne
Lee becker
Paul Newman
Rip Torn
Sidney blackmer
Madeleine Sherwood
Geraldine page
Ford rainey
James daly
Richard chamberlain

Gregory peck iggumfoo
Martin gable
Tyrone power
David nicen + mr P



Producer
Elia Kazan

Plays
Gypsy
West side story
JB
Sweet bird of youth - t Williams
The silver tassie - Sean O'Casey's
The smears of Norway

Steve Sondheim

Billy wilder


Tv
Dr Kildare
Things to come
A matter of life and death
49th parallel

Ray Massey - ran the Apollo theatre in London

Movies
The list weekend

A background of sorts on Stephen Leacock

Mr P writes a lot about about Stephen Leacock. This quote is courtesy of the Globe and Mail. Mr Leacock - rock star of his time. Interesting...

This movie was wonderful. I love Gordon Pinsent.

Gayle MacDonald
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Friday, February 10, 2012 5:00PM EST


“I don’t know if you know Mariposa. No matter if you don’t. If you know Canada at all you know at least a dozen towns just like it, with the same square streets, the same maple trees, the same hotels and the same churches, and with the one, wide main street, sensibly called Main Street. Is it a busy town? Well, I should say.”

But, of course, we do know Mariposa. The quirky centre of Stephen Leacock’s Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town has just clocked 100 years on the shelf – and to mark that moment there’s a new two-hour TV adaptation on CBC.

The story’s return to the airways (CBC first did a series based on the book 60 years ago) isn’t just a nostalgia trap, however. It’s also an opportunity to explore Leacock’s ongoing impact – his fans range from Groucho Marx to The Goon Show gang to John Cleese to John Lennon – but most of all on comedy itself.

“Leacock was a rock star of his time. He was the guy who put Canadian comedy on the map of the world stage,” says Malcolm MacRury, the veteran screenwriter who penned CBC’s latest adaptation. “He set the template of what Canadian comedy could be through small-town observation, with all its eccentricities.”

Take Corner Gas and Little Mosque on the Prairie. The hit shows both feature fictional small towns – Dog River and Mercy, respectively – as microcosms for the nation and our struggle to define Canadian identity.

Or consider the hosers Bob and Doug McKenzie and shows such as The Beachcombers or The Red Green Show. “I’d even argue that Trailer Park Boys is a profane homage to Leacock and Mariposa,” says MacRury. “Bubbles, Ricky and Julian are kind of the modern, foul-mouthed versions of [hotelier] Josh Smith, [barber] Jeff Thorpe and the Reverend Drone. They even call it the Sunnyvale Trailer Park, another tip of the hat to Leacock.”

Why, in a country now dominated by urban issues, does the small town still resonate? MacRury, who’s dreamt of adapting Sunshine Sketches for 20 years, points to the way small-town stories allow for the “gentle, satirical exploration of hypocrisy.”

“The small-town-based shows are filled with the values and qualities of thinking that have always been in our makeup,” says Gordon Pinsent, who narrates CBC’s Sunshine Sketches in the role of the elderly Leacock. “Plus, they can’t do any harm. They’re like telling a joke that you know – at least in Canada – will get a laugh. The Americans are great at doing big, urban-based comedies. Our forte is homespun, regional stuff that gives us a voice that’s distinct from them.”

MacRury – who has also penned several episodes of Republic of Doyle and HBO’s critically acclaimed western Deadwood – also insists that the primary draw for sitcoms about small towns is that they are “simply funnier and wilder than big cities.

“We think that big cities are the cutting edge, full of wide diversity and lifestyles – and that’s true. But they tend to play out in private lives, behind closed doors,” he says. “In small towns, the eccentrics are part of the community, for all their good and bad. You can’t escape them. I remember Gordon [Pinsent] telling me that he knew 10 times the number of characters back in his hometown of Grand Falls, Nfld., than he’s known in Toronto.”

John McCullough, a film professor at York University, also credits the CBC and the National Film Board for helping to cement a regional, comedic sensibility: “Forty years ago, these institutions viewed it as their mandate to represent folks from every region, not just the big metropolitan centres.”

That mindset still exists, but as those organizations’ nation-building clout has lessened with funding cuts, McCullough says there’s a new momentum behind regionalism in Canadian programming – lucrative, province-wide tax credits designed to lure TV production outside of major centres.

“If you shoot outside the biggest centres, you can get up to a 40- to 55-per-cent rebate on your labour costs,” he says. “So it organizes private and publicly funded TV production in Canada around the profit motive, and you have places like Hamilton, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg becoming regional production centres.”

McCullough points out that while Canadians have had success with urban sitcoms such as Ken Finkleman’s The Newsroom and CTV’s Robson Arms, (both of which achieved cult status with viewers), we’ve yet to have an urban comedy become a mainstream hit.

“Even King of Kensington, set in Toronto’s historic market, came across like a small village,” he says.

For a break-out hit, Canadians still look to sketches – sunny or otherwise – of little towns. It’s part of who we are.

“But if you have forgotten the little town by the lake, and long since lost the way to it,” intones Pinsent’s Leacock at the end of Sunshine Sketches, “you still sometimes dream in the dull, quiet of the evening that you’ll go back and see the boy you left behind you. Mariposa. Mariposa.”

CBC-TV’s Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

February 11 and 12 readings

Longest list yet

Feb 11, 2012

Plays
Cyrano
Finnegan's Wake
Lolita
Member of the wedding - Carson McCuller
I am a camera
The children's hour
The little fixes
The autumn garden
Henry V - Stratford
Deep are the Roots
Another Part of the Forest
Death of a salesman
The crucible
Look homeward angel
The music man
Equus
Mutter courage, the Caucasian chalk circle, trumpets and Drums - Berliner ensemble -Brechtian production
The iceman cometh
The Miracle
Night of the Auk
Bells are ringing


1955-1956 broadway
Pipe Dream
the most happy fella
The great Sebastian
La comédie Française
The Hatful of Rain - michael gazzo
Middle of the Night - paddy Chayefsky
Tamburlaine the great
Troilus and Cressida
Mr wonderful
Red Roses for Me - Sean O'Casey's
Will success spoil rock hunter
A view from the bridge - Miller
Tiger at the Gates - giraudoux
Diary of Anne Frank
No Time for Sergeants
The Ponder - Chodorov
the Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
The Matchmaker - Thornton Wilder
Waiting for Godot - Beckett
My fair lady
The Lark - jean Anouilh



Actors
Claire Bloom
Charlie Chaplin
Richard Burton
José ferrer
Shirley Bloom
Edward G Robinson
Joyce grenfell
Sammy Davis Jr
Susan strasberg
Any Griffith
ruth Gordon
Robert morse
Rex Harrison
Julie Andrews
Paul Lukas
Theodore Bikel
Joseph wiseman - director?
Boris Karloff
Julie Harris
Guy Hoffman
Martyn Greene
William Saroyan
Donald Voorhees
Gene Kelly
Adlai Stevenson
Bernie hart
Ben Gazzara
Maureen Stapleton
Claude Rains
Wendell Corey
Dick York
Martin Brooks
Jack Warden
Joan greenwood
Herbert Marshall
Marilyn Monroe
Cathleen Nesbitt
Sally Ann Howes
Syd Chaplin
Buster Keaton
Rosemary Harris
John Carradine
Gloria Vanderbilt
Victor jory
Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Rex Thompson
Patty Duke
Jane Fonda
Robert Helpmann
Siobhan McKenna
Frances Hyland
Tony galento
Sammy renick
Burl Ives
Billie One-Arm
Gypsy rose lee
Peter falk
Pat henning
George voskovec
Howard smith
Michael learned




Turn of century actors
Booth brothers
Davenports
Joseph Jefferson
Edwin forest



Writers
Walter Whitman
Molière
Banjo Peterson - quote p 220
Arch oboler
Rupert Brooke
Schulburg - on the waterfront, what makes Sammy run, the disenchanted
Harvey Breit
MacKinley Kantor

Producer
Kermis Bloomgarden
Michael langham
David susskind

Roger L Stevens - founded Kennedy Center

Director
Jean gascon
Jean-Louis roux
David O Selznick & wife Jennifer Jones
Sidney lumet
Nicholas Ray

Director/Writer
Lillian Hellman

Music
Leonard Bernstein
Rudolf Serkin
Duke Ellington - madness in great ones - for Stratford & Hamlet

Movies
Watch on the Rhine
The kidnappers
Detective story
Viva Zapata
Little moon of alban - James costigan
Tender is the Night - f Scott Fitzgerald
The sun also rises - Hemingway
Bwana Devil 3D
Stage struck - big screen debut
12 angry men
Kind hearts and coronets
Importance of being Ernest
The prince and the showgirl
On the waterfront
Panic in the streets
A streetcar named desire
The Prince and the Pauper
Wind across the Everglades


Poems
Eskimo Nell

Le Prix Marc l'Escarbot

February 9

Feb 9
Stratfest history p 165+
Irene worth
Douglas Campbell
Quote on p 167

Turned down 3 seasons in a row bc bad rep



All's Well that Ends Well

Actors
Maurice Evans
Roddy McDowall
Raymond Massey
Jack Palance
Fritz Weaver
Jerry stiller - Anne Meara
Rex Everheart
Hurd Hatfield
José Ferrer
Claire Bloom

Movies
How green was my valley
Lassie come home
Picture of Dorian Gray
Intolerance - DW Griffith
Panic on the Streets
The Big Knife
Cyrano.

plays
The lark
The disenchanted - budd schulburg

Director
Lawrence Langner
Denis Carey

February 8

Feb 8

Fabre's p 150

The weather was stormy; the sky heavily clouded;...the darkness profound
P152
The moon and stars worked nights...

Actor
Tony armstrong-jones
Sydney Pollack-beale directors
Don Harron
Michael Laurence
Robert brown

Cary grant
Brian aherne
Ronald colman
Sir c Aubrey smith
Nigel Bruce
Basil and Ouida Rathbone
Gladys Cooper
Doug Fairbanks
Mary Pickford
Gretta Garbot
Arnold miss



Musicians
Jascha Heifetz
Gregor Piatigorsky
Madam Nordica
Sir Alex Guinness


Finnegan's wake
J Alfred prufrock
Let us go through certain half- deserted streets
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one night cheap hotels

Chaucer's a satire of three estates
Christopher Marlow's tamburline

Gettner pp 158, 159
I shall go back to the journey I was making....


Stratford history p161
Tom Patterson
Tyrone Guthrie - Old Vic
Judy Guthrie
Tanya Moiseiwitsch

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

TV prophecy by Mr. Plummer

I wonder why I started to write down the names of actors/actresses.  Maybe it's the 6 degrees of separation.  For some of the below-named, they have been and gone by my time.  Mr. Plummer really worked with the best.  This book could be a text book for theatre history, early television history. Old terms I've not heard of before "the last of the great "actress/managers." His take on what tv was and what it was to become is spot on.   And, may I say, actors could not get away with as much these days as they did back then. The day of instant upload from cell phones has hurt may actors/actresses.  I think the real power in Hollywood are the PR people.  They can spin anything.

"Those were the early warning signs that this explosive new invention was about to get out of hand and go too far, that one day soon it would tell us how to eat, how to dress, how to live.  Drunk with power, it could dictate policy, bring down corporations, swing elections, topple governments.  Newscasters [Edward R. Murrow, Brinkley, Cronkite] were turned into opinionated superstars.Nothing would be sacred anymore, neither the dignity of high office nor the sanctity of the ruling class. All would become an open book - what was caviar to the general was now popcorn for the masses.  Today we have become quite accustomed to being fed intravenously with third-rate dogma; like some insidious germ warfare it all seems painstakingly planned, carefully calculated. Oh, sometimes, something fine comes along to momentarily redeem it, but not often enough."

This being said, if people didn't watch the 'third-rate dogma', it would stay on air.  Are we the product of what tv/media tells us to like or do we tell tv what to produce? Unfortunately, I think it's the tv that has the control.  For example, let's take breastmilk and formula (collective groan be gone).  TV, with all the formula company advertising, makes parents, grandparents and children think formula is 'close' to breastmilk.  That's like saying Michigan is better to live because it's closer to Hawaii than Ohio.  Closer?  Yes.  As good as Hawaii?  Not a chance (I love Michigan, by the way - I'm taking my daughter to Mackinac Island when she turns 13).  TV commercials, adverts in parenting magazines, samples given out at doctor's offices...it's a great example of "it would tell us how to eat, how to dress, how to live."

Maybe this is why I want to read these plays.  They were written, most of them I'm assuming, before the advent of tv. They made us look at life differently.  Life was the reality and it was portrayed on stage, read in books, to cut us, make us think, make us laugh. I miss going to Stratford to escape my reality. This book is my escape right now...but I like it better when I'm alone reading and posting. I can't wait to get started on the plays, poems, and (other) prose.

My ticket (yes, I'm going alone) to "A Word or Two" is for August 22.  Maybe the waiting for it will make my life slow down a bit.  That would be nice.

If any of you who may read this have a copy of one of the mentioned plays, or know where I can find one/them, please, let me know.  I'm going to have to start collecting them soon.  I'm thinking it will be the plays which will be the most difficult to find compared to the books and poetry.

Odd bit of Mr. Plummer history in this section?  He acted on soap operas!  Yes, he did.  Must pay the bills.



Feb 7

Actors 
Betty Davis 
Rosalind Russell
Marjorie Rambeau
Eva la Gallienne
Gladys George
Paul Lucas 
Frank Morgan
Paul Muni
Martin Greene
Everett Sloan 
Shirley Booth
Kent Smith
John Williams
Frances Fuller - Worthington Miner's wife
Robert Webber
Audrey Christie 
Connie Ford
Noël Coward
Marlene Dietrich
Marti Stevens 
Judy Garland
Gene Kelly
Tammy Grimes
Silvia Sidney 
Ian Keith
Vivica lindfors
Lloyd Bridges
Lee Marin 
Lee Grant
Victor Karloff
Frank Overton
Jason Robards
Maurice Evans - Hamlet
Claudette Colbert
Helen Hayes
Mildred Natwick
Ian Keith
Richard Kelly
Ed Begley
E G marshall
Rod Steiger 
Shirley Booth
Maureen Stapleton
Martha Graham
Fred Astaire
Robert Preston
Gig Young
Bernie Hart
Harold Kennedy
Rex Harrison
Robert Coote
Martyn Greene
Robert Webber - Mr. P's fave
Val Avery - Mr. P's fave
Lawrence Tierney
Dorothy Parker
Marc Connelly
George Kaufman
Robert Benchley 
Robert Sherwood
Alexander Woolcott
Judith Anderson
Mildred Natwick
The Lunts -
Helen Hayes
George Abbott
Katherine Cornell - Mr P's sponsor (last great actress/managers)
Josh Logan
Ruth Gordon
Garson Kanin
Kitty Miller
Marguerite Jamois
Gérard Phillipe 
Jean Vilar
Pierre Fresnay
Anne Hunter
Mrs Leslie Carter
Florence Reed
Katherine Cornell
Maurice Evans 
Edith Evans 
Sir Ralph Richardson 
Orson Welles
Tyrone Power
Kirk Douglas
Judith Anderson
Gertrude Musgrove
Ruth Gordon 
Laurence Olivier
Raymond Massey
Godfrey Tearle
Cedric Hardwicke
Margery Maude 
Eva Leonard Boyne
John Emery
Anna Cameron 
Eva La Gallienne - Mr P's broadway debut of mr p at 24 yrs old - ran 1 night!
Peggy Ann Garner 
Albert Salmi



 Brits
Donald Richardson
Henry sherek
 Binky Beaumont 
Richardson 


Directors
Herman Shumlin
Kermit Bloomgarden
George C Scott
Colleen Dewhurst
Stephen Elliot
David Wayne
Anthony Perkins
Richard Kiley
Anne Shoemaker
Aileen McMahon
Sidney Lumet
Franklin Schaffner
Dan Petrie 

Producers
Fred Coe
Robert saudek
David Susskind
Hubbell Robinson

Stage Manager
Eddie Bayless


Director?
Warren wade


Casting directors
Marion Dougherty 
Rose Tobias Shaw


Writers
Elmer Rice
Maxwell Anderson 
Morris Carnovsky group theatre
Horton Foote
Alvin Sapingsley
Paddy Chayefsky
Reginald Rose
S Lee Pogostin
James Costigan
Mel Brooks
Carl Reiner
Larry Gelbart
Elaine Carrington - soap writer 
Alvin Salinsley

Tennessee Williams
W H Auden
T S Eliot 
Norman Mailer
Robert Roark
Oscar Levant
Maxwell Anderson 
Sam Behrman
Richard le Gallienne - poet
Josephine Bartington (saved by le G)


Comics
Jack benny
Phil Silvers
Imogene Coca 

Tv agent
George Morris


Play
Montherlant's Queen After Death
Rudyard Kipling's the light that failed
Robinson Jeffers' Medea 
Le Cid
Pirandello's Henri IV
Les Oeufs de l'Autruche
Look After Lulu (Occupe-toi d'Amélie)
The Shanghai Gesture
Michael Arlen's Green Hat
Candida - Marchbanks
Chekhov's The Three Sisters
Behrman's No Time for Comedy
The Doctor's Dilemma
The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Antony and cleopatra
Antigone 
White Cargo
Rain
The Constant Wife - Somerset Maugham
Charles Laughton The Private Life of Henry VIII
Lewis Carroll's Red Queen
Émilie Zola's Thérèse Raquin
Rostand's Chantecler
The Starcross Story  - close in 1 night
Walter Macken's Home is the Hero
Christopher Fry's the Dark is Light Enough
Noël Coward's Present Laughter 

On a soap opera! 

Soaps
Pepper Young's family
Life can be beautiful

Tv shows
Kind Lady
Dark Victory
The Riddle of Mayerling
Swinburne' Even the Weariest River
Patterns 
The Wwhooping Cranes

Producer
Marty Manulis
Fielder Cook

Music
Toscanini
Leonard Bernstein
Yvonne Printemps

Movies
Monsieur Vincent - Yvonne Printemps 


"I wasn't born I was squeezed out of a Rag at Sardi's Bar"

Method actors from the Studio
Classical brigade

 
Stanley Gilkey (theatrical manager) 1955
Guthrie McClintic
John Cabot Lodge

Theatre companies around the world
Brecht Ensemble
Italy's piccolo teatro
Chinese Peking theatre
Kabuki from Japan 
Paris:TNP, Jean Vilgar's classic company 

Writers
Balzac
Alfred de Musset
Alexandre Dumas
Victor Hugo
François Mauriac 
André Malraux 
Jean Cocteau
Michael Korda's Charmed Lives



Margaret Webster civic rep theatre

Monday, 6 February 2012

Shorter list today

This was from my lunch date with Chris (as it is known to my co-workers lol).

In the book, he is finished up his contract in Bermuda and moved to New York. The chapter about Bermuda is probably one of my most favourite in the book.  It shows that he can be a cad, loves his liquor, but it also shows his softer side, the introspective side. I loved all the references to The Tempest.  I love that play.  Especially, reading it as a Caliban (me, being Mohawk, one of the 'conquered'). It puts a twist on the truths spoken in it - from Caliban to the alcohol, to the stupidity of the conquerors.  It's great!

Sometimes, I feel like I should say who I know and who I don't know, or haven't read.  I'm just listing everything/everyone.  For example, I took Keats at Trent University, but it's been so long ago, I really should read it again.

Feb 6

Plays
The Petrified Forest
George and Margaret 

Quotes
The Tempest
We shall lose our time and all be turned to barnacles, or to apes

Caliban
I'll show thee every fertile inch o' the island...
I'll show thee the best springs, I'll pluck thee berries...
I prithee let me bring thee where crabs grow...
Wilt thou go with me?

Full fathom five thy father lies
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes...

Thou has done well...
Thou shalt be free
As mountain winds...prospero

Miranda
Had I been any god of power, I would
Have sunk the sea within the earth. Or ere
It should the good ship so have swallow'd

Keats
Full beautiful a faery's child
Her hair was long, her foot was light
And her eyes were wild

Robert Browning - looking as f they were alive

She has a touching way
Of backing a man up against eternity
Until he hardly has the nerve to remain immortal - christopher fry

Director/producer
Lyman Brown - chamberlains brown agency
Maud franchot - niagara on the lake
Joy Thompson

Actors
Marta linden
William Hutt
Danny Kay

Agent 
Miss Jane broder

Opera singers
Jussi Björling
Renata Telbaldi
Edith Piaf