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Friday, October 19, 2012

F. Murray Abraham and the Shakespeare Theatre Company

F. Murray Abraham is best known for his Oscar-winning role in Amadeus -- which is one of my all-time favorite films.

And in case you have not seen the full Director's Cut version, do yourself a favor and watch it.



But he has had a lifelong passion for Shakespeare. Most recently he performed Shylock in The Merchant of Venice to great acclaim.

I can't help but think that he should have played Shylock rather than Al Pacino in the film version.



I had the privilege of meeting him this week in Washington D.C. at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Annual Gala, where he was honored.

I can't remember the last time I wore a tuxedo, so that was fun!


When he received the award, he was very touched and humbled by the honor.


He treated us to the great Shylock speech "Hath not a Jew eyes?" and it was heart-stoppingly powerful.


He said something I wanted to share with you. He said that one of the reasons he loves performing on stage is because of the audience -- he loves the energy the audience creates and he can give that energy back. Without the audience he cannot perform.

I can really appreciate that. As I have written before, the key to solving Shakespeare, in my versions of Hamlet, Richard III and The Merchant of Venice, is to interpret the plays from the point of view of the audience -- Shakespeare's audience.

Cheers,

David