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Rip Torn and Amy Wright Take Part in New School Discussion, April 10

On Monday, April 10th from 7:30-9:00 PM, the New School will present "A Life in the Theatre--50 Years: A Conversation with Actors Rip Torn and Amy Wright" at the school's Tishman Auditorium (66 W. 12th St.).

They will join New School for Drama program director Robert LuPone for a discussion of "today's theatrical industry from their matchless perspectives and careers that span several decades," state press notes. "Both artists have had extensive careers in theater, television and film, and will share their career insights, advice and histories in this unique Q & A opportunity."

Rip Torn made his Broadway debut in Kazan's staging of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth in 1959, and received a 1960 Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Play and a Theater World award for his role as Tom, Jr., a role he recreated in the 1962 film. He has won two Obie awards for his work Off-Broadway--for Norman Mailer's The Deer Park (1966-1967) and for Distinguished Direction for The Beard (1967-1968). Torn has appeared in over 165 films, including Pay Day, Men in Black, Defending Your Life; he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Cross Creek. In addition, Torn has received six consecutive Emmy nominations for his role of Artie in "The Larry Sanders Show," winning Best Supporting Actor in a comedy series in 1996.

Wright made her off-Broadway debut in Strindberg's The Stronger, then appeared in a role especially written for her by Lanford Wilson in 1980's The Fifth of July. Having appeared in over 35 films, Wright was featured in Not a Pretty Picture, The Deer Hunter, Breaking Away, The Amityville Horror, Wise Blood, Stardust Memories, Crossing Delancy, The Accidental Tourist, Miss Firecracker and The Scarlet Letter.

The discussion is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.

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