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Drama : an actor's education

Author: John Lithgow
Publisher: New York : Harper, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In this surprising personal history, John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle, crisis, and discovery, revealing the early life and career that took place out of the public eye and before he became a nationally known star. Above all, Lithgow's memoir is a tribute to his most important influence: his father, Arthur Lithgow, who, as an actor, director, producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, brought  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Lithgow; John Lithgow
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Lithgow
ISBN: 9780061734977 0061734977
OCLC Number: 491939058
Description: xiii, 320 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: A curious life --
A kiss on the neck --
Lachryphobia --
The good boy --
Enter messenger --
The beefeater --
Most creative --
Big and little --
Curtains --
Pinch me --
Veritas --
Utopia --
Hard times on the great road --
Three Lincolns --
This scepter'd life --
D group days --
Getting out --
Coming home --
The triumph of nepotism --
Much ado --
Reality --
Induced insecurity --
A fork in the road --
Naked --
Mr. Pleasant --
Broadway baby --
Adolescence --
My biggest mistake --
Coda.
Responsibility: John Lithgow.
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In this surprising personal history, John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle, crisis, and discovery, revealing the early life and career that took place out of the public eye and before he became a nationally known star. Above all, Lithgow's memoir is a tribute to his most important influence: his father, Arthur Lithgow, who, as an actor, director, producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, brought theater to John's boyhood. From bedtime stories to Arthur's illustrious productions, performance and storytelling were constant adn cherished parts of family life. Drama tells of the Lithgow's countless moves between Arthur's gigs--John attended eight secondary schools before flourishing onstage at Harvard--adn details with poignancy and sharp recollection the moments that introduced a budding young actor to the undeniable power of theater. Before Lithgow gained fame with the film The World According to Garp and the television show 3rd ROck from the Sun, his early years were full of scenes both hilarious and bittersweet. A shrewd acting performance saved him from duty in Vietnam. His involvement with a Broadway costar brought an end to his early first marriage. The theater worlds of New York and London come alive as Lithgow relives his collaborations with renowned performers and directors, including Mike Nichols, Bob Fosse, Liv Ullman, and Meryl Streep. His ruminations on the nature of theater, film acting, and storytelling cut to the heart of why actors are driven to perform, and why people are driven to watch them do it. Lithgow's memory is clear and his wit sharp, and much of the humor that runs throughout Drama comes at his own expense. But he also chronicles the harrowing moments of his past, reflecting with moving candor on friends made and lost, mistakes large and small, and the powerful love of a father who set him on the road to a life onstage.

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