Jason Robards Remembered: Essays and Recollections

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Jason Robards won consecutive Oscars as best supporting actor for the films All the President's Men (1977) and Julia (1978) but he is particularly remembered for having created central roles in the later plays of Eugene O'Neill.

This tribute honors Robards in two parts. Part One presents recent interviews of the late actor as well as articles by Arthur and Barbara Gelb which appeared in the New York Times on the occasions of the American premier of Long Day's Journey into Night ...

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Overview

Jason Robards won consecutive Oscars as best supporting actor for the films All the President's Men (1977) and Julia (1978) but he is particularly remembered for having created central roles in the later plays of Eugene O'Neill.

This tribute honors Robards in two parts. Part One presents recent interviews of the late actor as well as articles by Arthur and Barbara Gelb which appeared in the New York Times on the occasions of the American premier of Long Day's Journey into Night (1956) and of the successful production of A Moon for the Misbegotten, with Colleen Dewhurst (1974). Sheila Hickey Garvey writes of the 1956 production of Iceman and gives a brief history of Robards' work with the Circle in the Square Theatre, the theatre that began the Off Broadway theatrical movement of the 1950s. Stephen A. Black, Michael Manheim and Edward Shaughnessy write of seeing Robards perform in O'Neill plays. The O'Neill bibliographers Madeline Smith and Richard Eaton analyze the effect Robards' performances have had on subsequent performances and on scholarship about O'Neill's later plays. Zander Brietzke writes about the problem of performing O'Neill in the post–Robards era.

Part Two contains more personal recollections of Jason Robards. Several of Robards' theatrical colleagues (Arvin Brown, Zoe Caldwell, Douglas Campbell, Blythe Danner, George Grizzard, the playwright A.R. Gurney, Shirley Knight, Paul Libin, Theodore Mann, Christopher Plummer, Kevin Spacey and Eli Wallach) recall their times with the actor. Wendy Cooper, president of the Eugene O'Neill Foundation, writes of Robards' help to save O'Neill's Bay Area home, Tao House. LoisMcDonald and Sally Thomas Pavetti write of Robards' visits to Monte Cristo Cottage, O'Neill's boyhood home in New London, Connecticut. George Beecroft, Richard Allan Davison, and Daniel Larner recall seeing some memorable Robards performances and Margaret and Ralph Ranald recall two meetings with Robards.

Also included are particularly fine obituary and memorial notices by Kevin Spacey, Joe Morgenstern, and Charles Saydah, and a tribute by Jason Robards' colleagues at The Roundabout Theatre.

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Editorial Reviews

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Many consider one of the chief accomplishments in the long career of actor Jason Robards (1922-2000) to be his creation of central roles in a number of Eugene O'Neill plays, including , , and . A variety of materials related to Robard's contributions to the O'Neill corpus and to acting in general are presented here, including interviews with Robards, critical evaluations of his effect on later presentation of O'Neill's plays, and accounts of Robards by people who knew him as a friend or colleague. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786413560
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/20/2002
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

The Eugene O'Neill Society is a scholarly and professional organization devoted to the study of the life and works of O'Neill.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface 1
"Interviewing Jason Robards" 7
"An Interview with Jason Robards" 15
"Jason as Hickey, Jamie and Eugene" 22
"Not for Profit" 27
"On Jason Robards as O'Neill's Nietzschean Iceman" 40
"Long Journey into Light" 49
"Jason Jamie Robards Tyrone" 54
"A Meeting with the Redoubtable Jason" 68
"Quintero Directs Robards in A Touch of the Poet" 81
"Recreating a Myth: The Iceman Cometh in Washington, D.C., 1985" 93
"Jason Robards: Crunching the Numbers" 103
"O'Neill's Cry for Players" 112
George Beecroft Remembers: The Iceman Cometh, 1956 119
"Presentation of the First Eugene O'Neill Foundation-Tao House Award" 122
Arvin Brown Remembers 129
Zoe Caldwell Remembers 131
Douglas Campbell Remembers 133
"Jason Robards, Jr., and Eugene O'Neill's Tao House" 134
Blythe Danner Remembers 144
Memories of "Jason Robards, Jr., Actor's Actor" 146
"A Movie Struck Young Man Discovers Theater" 151
"For Jason 'Jamie' Robards" 153
George Grizzard Remembers 158
A. R. Gurney Remembers 161
Shirley Knight Remembers 163
Daniel Larner Remembers 164
"Jason Owned the House" 166
Lois McDonald Remembers 169
Theodore Mann Remembers 171
"Goodbye, Tumbleweed" 176
"He Never Turned Me Down" 179
Christopher Plummer Remembers 182
Margaret and Ralph Ranald Remember 185
"Remembering Jason Robards, 1922-2000" 187
"Jason Robards 1922-2000" 189
"An Example, a Mentor, an Actor Above All" 191
Eli Wallach Remembers 195
App Jason Robards' Performances in Theatre, Film and Television 199
Index 205
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