Sunday, August 5, 2012


John Cullum describes rehearsing the benefit for SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK. It was $1,500 a ticket, and included a reading of "Romeo and Juliet," --with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline playing the star-crossed lovers, and an amazing all star cast playing various roles, including bit parts.

John knew everyone in the cast, mostly from projects they'd worked on together -- it was old home week, with Sam Waterson, Phylicia Rashad, Jerry Stiller, Christopher Walken, F. Murray Abraham, Stacey Keach, and Kevin.

When he wasn't rehearsing, John, (playing "Capulet"), had many quick, but intense conversations. Other actors seemed to be oddly insecure, joking about no longer getting hired for starring roles, wondering "am I as good as I used to be?"

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