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Author: Tony Randall; Robert Whitehead; Edwin Wilson; City University of New York.
Publisher: New York, [between 1989 and 1990]
Series: CUNY Spotlight
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : English
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Four separate interviews, two with Tony Randall and two with Robert Whitehead (ca. 28 min. each).
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Adaptations
Named Person: Tony Randall; David Henry Hwang; Sanford Meisner; Paul Muni; Katharine Cornell; Ethel Barrymore; Neil Simon; Robert Whitehead; Euripides; Robinson Jeffers; Judith Anderson; John Gielgud, Sir; Zoe Caldwell; Harold Clurman; Carson McCullers; Ethel Waters; Julie Harris; Brandon De Wilde; Alfred Lunt; Lynn Fontanne; Friedrich Dürrenmatt; Peter Brook; Tennessee Williams; Vanessa Redgrave; Arthur Miller
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Randall; Robert Whitehead; Edwin Wilson; City University of New York.
OCLC Number: 81813144
Notes: Part of the series, CUNY Spotlight, broadcast on CUNY-TV, sponsored by the City University of New York.
Performer(s): Interviewed by Edwin Wilson.
Event notes: Videotaped by the cable station, CUNY-TV, New York, N.Y.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Series Title: CUNY Spotlight
Other Titles: Mr. Peepers (Television program)
Responsibility: City University Television, the Center for Advance Study in Theatre Arts (CASTA) [presents].

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Four separate interviews, two with Tony Randall and two with Robert Whitehead (ca. 28 min. each).

Tony Randall discusses his role in David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, his studies at Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner, his Army service, difficulties finding work afterwards, seeing a psychiatrist for 2 years, his big break on the Mr. Peepers television program, the acting talents of Paul Muni, Katharine Cornell, and Ethel Barrymore, his plans for opening a classical repertory theater and acting school in New York City [later called the National Actors Theatre], studying voice for 30 years, the similarities he finds in acting technique for the stage, television, and film, his love of acting, how he prepares his roles, especially his roles in M. Butterfly and Felix in The odd couple television series, and the decline in quality of television and Broadway.

Producer Robert Whitehead discusses the 1947 production of Robinson Jeffers' adaptation of the Medea of Euripides with Judith Anderson in the title role with John Gielgud as director, its 1982 revival with Zoe Caldwell as Medea and Judith Anderson as the nurse under his own direction, the differences in theater in the 1930's through the early 1950's and today, the absence of major playwrights, his friendship and working relationship with Harold Clurman and their first play together, Member of the wedding, working with Ethel Waters, Julie Harris, and Brandon de Wilde in that play, working with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne on Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The visit under Peter Brook's direction, his production of Tennessee Williams' Orpheus descending compared to the 1989 revival with Vanessa Redgrave, how he produced much of Arthur Miller's work, often with Harold Clurman directing, and how the death of Marilyn Monroe affected Miller's writing of After the fall.

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