Sunday, January 30, 2011

Frances Sternhagen at TDF Drama Dialogues

Whoever said “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” was obviously wrong. Theatre Development Fund (TDF) just proved that with its latest Drama Dialogues program featuring the acclaimed actress, Frances Sternhagen, in conversation with the noted director, Stephen DiMenna. The program was free, and included free bagels and coffee to boot (in case Ms Sternhagen alone was not enough, I guess, although she clearly would have been), and it was terrific.

From time to time, in its continuing effort to enhance the theatergoing experience for its members, TDF invites its membership, on a first-come first-served basis, to attend free open discussions between the audience and theatre professionals. Today’s program featuring the charming Ms. Sternhagen, was filled to capacity, and no one had cause for disappointment. Sue and I were there and we loved it.

Ms. Sternhagen reminisced delightfully about her theatrical, film and television career: the time Richard Burton forgot his lines, her role on “Cheers” as Cliff’s mother on the Johnny Carson show, her daughter’s distress over her turning down a role with Steve McQueen. The afternoon was great fun and further evidence (if any more be needed) that New York is, indeed, a frugal theatregoer’s paradise.

Thank you, TDF.

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