Brian Dennehy on Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller and Samuel Beckett
Friday, September 16, 2016
Acclaimed actor Brian Dennehy performs excerpts from works by O'Neill, Beckett and Miller and discusses his celebrated career.
Panel Discussion hosted by Anne Cattaneo (Dramaturg of The Lincoln Center Theatre).
Q&A to follow
Directed by Erin Ortman
Brian Dennehy has won two Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Play; in 2003 for Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night and in 1999 for the 50th anniversary production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Mr. Dennehy also received a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy nomination as best actor for Showtime’s television adaptation of that production. Mr. Dennehy starred in Death of a Salesman at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End in 2005, for which he was awarded a Lawrence Olivier Best Actor statue. He also starred on Broadway in Desire Under the Elms, by Eugene O’Neill, Inherit the Wind, and Brian Friel’s Translations. At Chicago’s Goodman Theatre he appeared in leading roles in Robert Falls’ productions of A Touch of the Poet in 1996, The Iceman Cometh in 1992, and Galileo in 1986. He and Falls collaborated again in 1992 for a remounting of The Iceman Cometh at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Additional theatre credits include Peter Brook’s 1988 production of The Cherry Orchard at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Majestic Theater; Wisdom Bridge Theatre’s production of Rat in the Skull and Says I, Says He at the Mark Taper Forum and the Phoenix Theatre in New York. He was recently seen at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Twelfth Night and The Homecoming as well as at the Long Wharf Theatre in Love Letters, Hughie and The Front Page. Mr. Dennehy has also starred in numerous television movies and miniseries and was nominated for an Emmy on five other occasions – for his work in Burden of Proof, To Catch A Killer – The John Wayne Gacy Story, Murder in the Heartland, A Killing in a Small Town and Our Fathers. His feature films, include Ratatouille, Semi-Tough 10, First Blood, Gorky Park, Never Cry Wolf, Cocoon, Silverado, F/X, Presumed Innocent, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, and Peter Greenway’s The Belly of an Architect, for which he received the Chicago Film Festival Award as best actor. Mr. Dennehy toured as the title character in Trumbo, a play based on the letters of blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo, as well as in The Exonerated, a role he reprised for the Court TV premiere movie event alongside Susan Sarandon and Danny Glover.
Anne Cattaneo is the dramaturg of Lincoln Center Theater and the creator and head of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. A three term past president of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, she is the recipient of LMDA’s first Lessing Award for lifetime achievement of dramaturgy. She has worked widely as a dramaturg on classical plays with directors such as Bartlett Sher, Robert Wilson, Adrian Hall, Jack O’Brien, Robert Falls, Mark Lamos and JoAnne Akalaitis. As the director of the Playworks Program at the Phoenix Theater during the late 1970's, she commissioned and developed plays by Wendy Wasserstein (ISN'T IT ROMANTIC) Mustapha Matura (MEETINGS) and Christopher Durang (BEYOND THERAPY). For the Acting Company, she created two projects: ORCHARDS (published by Knopf and Broadway Play Publishing) which presented seven Chekhov stories adapted for the stage by Maria Irene Fornes, Spalding Gray, John Guare, David Mamet, Wendy Wasserstein, Michael Weller and Samm-Art Williams, and LOVE’S FIRE (published by William Morrow) responses to Shakespeare sonnets by Eric Bogosian, William Finn, John Guare, Tony Kushner, Marsha Norman, Ntozake Shange and Wendy Wasserstein. Her own translations of 20th Century German playwrights include Brecht's GALILEO (Goodman Theater 1986 starring Brian Dennehy) and Botho Strauss' BIG AND LITTLE (Phoenix production starring Barbara Barrie, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.) She is currently on the faculty at Juilliard. In July 2011, she was awarded the Margo Jones Medal given annually to a “citizen of the theater who has demonstrated a significant impact, understanding and affirmation of the craft of playwriting, with a lifetime commitment to the encouragement of the living theatre everywhere.”