Oral History: January 13 at 6PM

Mercedes Ruehl
interviewed by
Andrea Chapin

Monday, January 13 at 6PM
At the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Bruno Walter Auditorium
65th and Amsterdam Avenue

PHOTO CREDIT: Kacey Anisa Photography

LPTW Members may RSVP to ludovica@theatrewomen.org

This program is made possible by the generous support of the BETTY R. AND RALPH SHEFFER FOUNDATION. The program is produced by BETTY CORWIN.

Screen shot 2013-11-27 at 11.21.41 AMMercedes Ruehl won an Academy Award, Golden Globe, L.A. Film Critics, and Venice Film Festival awards for best actress in the film THE FISHER KING. After studying with Uta Hagen in New York, she  performed the classics in major theatres throughout the country and performed in plays by Albert Innaurato (COMING OF AGE IN SOHO), Christopher Durang (THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO (Obie Award), in Len Jenkins’ AMERICAN NOTES, in OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY (Clarence Derwent Award), and in Herb Gardner’s I’M NOT RAPPAPORT. Her film career included BIG, MARRIED TO THE MOB, HEARTBURN, FUNNY PEOPLE, LAST ACTION HERO, and ANOTHER YOU.  After returning to Broadway in LOST IN YONKERS (Tony, Outer Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Helen Hays Award), she reprised the role in the film. Other TV films include INDICTMENT, NORTH SHORE FISH, GUILT BY ASSOCIATION,  A GIRL LIKE ME and GIA, and independent films AMATI GIRLS, WHAT’S COOKING, and MINUS MAN.  She created roles for the television series FRASIER, LUCK, ENTOURAGE, LAW AND ORDER, and MONDAY MORNINGS.  She appeared in  SHADOWBOX by Michel Christopher (Tony Nomination) and Tennessee William’s ROSE TATTOO, starred in Edward Albee’s WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, on Broadway in  Edward Albee’s THE GOAT OR WHO IS SYLVIA? ( Drama Desk Award and Tony nomination) and  won a second Obie Award for WOMAN BEFORE A GLASS.   More recently she created the role of Louise Nevelson in Edward Albee’s OCCUPANT and starred in Richard Greenberg’s THE AMERICAN PLAN and in a revival of Neil Simon’s PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE at London’s Old Vic Theatre.

Over the years, Mercedes has taught a series of master classes at Juilliard.

1077116_215X340Andrea Chapin has been an editor at art, movie, theater, and literary magazines, including The Paris Review, Conjunctions and The Lincoln Center Theater Review.  Her fiction has appeared in literary journals, and her articles and essays have appeared in magazines such as More, RedbookTown & Country, Self, Martha Stewart Living, and Marie Claire UK.  Chapin has contributed to several anthologies, including The Day My Father Died and Kiss Tomorrow Hello: Notes from the Midlife Underground and The Honeymoon’s Over: True Stories of Love, Marriage & Divorce, of which she was co-editor.  The Tutor, her novel about Shakespeare’s fictitious muse and editor during his “lost years,” is forthcoming from Riverhead Books/Penguin Group USA.  Chapin has acted professionally, touring Germany in Edward Albee’s Seascape.  She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

Email ludovica@theatrewomen.org to submit your Oral History Interviewee suggestions!


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One Comment on “Oral History: January 13 at 6PM”

  1. Pat Addiss
    November 29, 2013 at 3:01 am #

    Last one with Tyne Daley was a sellout, so make your reservation early.

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