Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Zoe Caldwell as Medea

I myself have never had the privilege of seeing Zoe Caldwell perform. The four time Tony winner (Slapstick Tragedy, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Medea, and Master Class) has made incredibly few appearances on film, so I relish in the opportunity to see, well quite frankly, if she lives up to the hype. And, oh how she does. She is to put it mildly, utterly captivating to watch. Note Judith Anderson, (who won a Tony for playing the same role in 1948) played the Nurse in this revival. Here is a clip from the telecast of Medea:

She is featured in an interview with Charlie Rose from 1996, while she was once again the toast of the American drama as Maria Callas in the original Broadway production of Master Class. The episode is presented in its entirety, but if you want to skip the Clinton era, you can skip to 10:47 in, where the lengthy and fascinating interview commences.

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