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Rick McKay to Interview Donna Murphy at NYPL for the Performing Arts, 11/7


Edith Meiser Oral History will be presented on Monday, November 7, 2011 at 6pm at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Bruno Walter Auditorium. Two-time Tony® Award winner, Donna Murphy,will be interviewed by producer/director Rick McKay, the award-winning filmmaker of "Broadway: The Golden Age." ADMISSION IS FREE! The event is FIRST COME - FIRST SEATED.

Award-winning actress/singer Donna Murphy continues to build a career of striking range & diversity in the theatre & on the large & small screens. She can currently be seen as Kathleen, the troubled matriarch, in Vera Farmiga's Higher Ground for Sony Pictures Classics. She also recently received international critical acclaim for her performance in award winning filmmaker Todd Solondz' Dark Horse, which was selected for the 2011 Venice 7 Toronto Film Festivals. On stage, Murphy most recently starred in the world premiere of The People in the Picture as Raisel/Bubbie, garnering rave reviews 7 receiving Tony®, Drama Desk, Drama League & Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. She has starred on Broadway in Passion (Tony®, Drama Desk, Drama League Awards), The King and I (Tony®, Drama League Awards; Drama Desk, OCC nominations), Wonderful Town (Drama League Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre Award, Drama Desk, OCC, Astaire Awards; Tony® nomination), Lovemusik (Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC Awards; Tony® nomination) & as the title character in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Encores!: Wonderful Town, Follies & Anyone Can Whistle. Off-Broadway credits include Helen (NYSF; Drama League Award), Twelve Dreams & Hello Again (LCT, Drama Desk Award nominations), Song of Singapore (Drama Desk, OCC noms), Privates on Parade (Roundabout).

Ms. Murphy recently completed filming The Bourne Legacy (2012) with Edward Norton. Other select films: Mother Gothel in Disney's animated hit Tangled, The Nanny Diaries, World Trade Center, The Fountain, Spiderman 2, The Door in the Floor, Center Stage, Star Trek: Insurrection, The Astronaut's Wife & Jade. Murphy's first television film, HBO's "Someone Had to be Benny," earned her a Cable Ace Award as Best Actress in a Drama Special or Series & a Daytime Emmy. Other TV includes "Trust Me," "Hack," "What About Joan," "The Last Debate," "The Day Lincoln Was Shot," "Murder One," "Leonard Bernstein's New York" & guest appearances on "Ugly Betty," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Damages," "CSI," "Law & Order" & PBS' Emmy Award winning "Sondheim: The Birthday Concert."

Donna Murphy's recordings include: Lovemusik (Ghostlight), Wall to Wall Sondheim (Symphony Space), Wonderful Town (DRG), Leonard Bernstein's New York (Nonesuch), Hello Again (RCA Victor), The King & I (Varese Sarabande) & the Grammy Award winning Passion (Angel).

Rick McKay lives in NYC & is the award-winning Producer/Director/Writer/Cine- matographer of the hit film Broadway: The Golden Age. For five seasons, he was a segment producer on WNET13's "City Arts," the most-honored locally produced show in television history, which won over 30 Emmy Awards. He also produced the first story commissioned for the critically successful national series "Egg: The Arts Show," garnering another two Emmy nominations as well as helping to create the opening segment of two recent national Tony Awards broadcasts. Rick is the sole owner & proprietor of Second ACT Productions, the company that made the feature film Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There. Broadway: The Golden Age has won over 15 film festival awards to date, is on 17 critics' Top Ten Films of 2004 lists & was a hit in theatres around the country. He was honored at the Sundance Film Festival by PBS & inducted into the PBS Producers Academy as one of their best & brightest documentary producer/directors for his continuing independent film & television work. Rick has also been honored with the Special Contribution to Film Award from the Stonybrook Film Festival,, the Limelight Award from Ojai Film Festival, the Contribution to Theatre Preservation Award from the New York Theatre Museum, the New England Theatre Conference's Legend Award & an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Five Towns College, which honored McKay, Michael Feinstein & Sheldon Harnick at a special ceremony on their Long Island campus.

This program is made possible through the generous support of The Edith Meiser Foundation

The event will be held on Monday, November 7, 2011 at 6pm at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the Library of the Perf. Arts/Lincoln Center, 111 Amsterdam Ave.@ 65th Street. It is FREE TO THE PUBLIC. For more information call (888) 297-3117 or visit WWW.THEATREWOMEN.ORG.


Photo Credit: Walter McBride/WM Photos

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