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A Conversation with Frank Langella

Posted on: September 9th, 2011 by Education @ Roundabout

 

Ted Sod, Roundabout's Education Dramaturg, sat down with actor Frank Langella to discuss Man and Boy and his character, Gregor Antonescu.

Why did you choose to do this play and the role of Gregor Antonescu?

Because there is really no more rewarding character to play than the monster. And I have played quite a few of them.  If you look back from Richard Nixon to Count Dracula to the character in Fortune’s Fool to Strindberg’s The Father, even some characters in movies, Clare Quilty in Lolita. These men attract me and they are staggeringly exciting to play.  They are delicious.  And this is a man who will probably sit on the top of the list of monsters I’ve played. He’s conscienceless.  He’s a man with zero conscience. He’s a sociopath and is fighting for his life in the last pages.

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From the Pages of ‘Man and Boy’

Posted on: September 9th, 2011 by Education @ Roundabout

 

Gregor: “Twenty-three percent off the value of all my shares in one day has apparently made the press photographers even more anxious to get close-up photographs of my dull face.”

Why is losing twenty-three percent off the value of shares a bad thing? In the stock market, investors profit when shares increase in value, and lose money when shares decrease in value. It can be as easy to make money as it is to lose money when investing in the market. The crash of 1929 attested to how volatile the stock market can be.

Most people during the 1920s had bought stocks “on margin”. Buyers would front a small percentage of what the stock was actually worth from brokers who would borrow money from the bank to officially buy the stock. In turn, the buyer would have to pay interest to the broker. If stock prices fell drastically, buyers worried that they would not be able to pay their brokers, so they would quickly sell their shares before stock prices fell even more.

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A Conversation with ‘Man and Boy’ Set Designer, Derek McLane

Posted on: September 9th, 2011 by Education @ Roundabout

 

Ted Sod, education dramaturge, sat down with Derek McLane to discuss the set design for Man and Boy

Have you ever designed a Rattigan play before?

No. This is my first time.

Can you talk from your point-of-view what you think the play is about?

I think it is very much about the relationship between a father and a son, financial corruption and potential financial collapse and all the humiliation that goes with that. It’s also about the secrets that large corporations and banks keep from the rest of us. The play to me seems relevant right now with all of the scandals going on in the banking world. It’s hard to believe that this play wasn’t written yesterday.

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