Has he been recognized for his brilliance by the college with an honorary degree ? If not, it might be appropriate for the school to do so. Also, has he been tapped for any role in passing along his experience in the theater in the design and construction of the theaters in the PAC? And has he been tapped for any suggestions or ideas for an enhanced development of the theater arts program at the new center? Is it possible to name one of the new theaters in his name? Possibly he may be too involved in his work or may not have an interest in helping out. Obviously, he is wonderful! Just sayin'... LoveHC
See story in the Post about Sher casting a deaf actor in his acclaimed Broadway show, "To Kill a Mockingbird." It includes some pretty high praise from Aaron Sorkin who took the classic and turned it into a play.
Went early last July. Read the book many, many years ago and saw Jeff Daniels on the talk show circuit saying how the play was not like the Gregory Peck movie. I also saw the movie years ago and sorry to say my memory of the two prior iterations were vague enough that this play was almost as if I had never read/seen either.
The impetus for going was four-fold: 1. my better half and I had not been to a Broadway play in years (think there was one after but last one I clearly recall was "Man of LaMancha" starring the late Raul Julia); 2. I decided my wife's birthday deserved more than our traditional trip to Nantucket; 3. it was a chance to visit our younger son who lives in NYC: and 4. Jeff Daniels is one of my all-time favorite actors, not because of his famous roles in "Dumb and Dumber" or "Newsroom" but because of his role as my favorite hero, Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the Ted Turner movie "Gettysburg." I defer to our Civil War experts like rgs as to the historical accuracy of that movie but the scene(s) of "Chamberlain's Charge" saving the Federal left flank on Little Round Top, IMHO, actually beats out "Saving Private Ryan's" opening scene. A bayonet charge with his soldiers having little or no ammunition saved the federal forces that day and earned Chamberlain a Congressional Medal of Honor. He was wounded 6 times during the War; was at Appomatox when Lee surrendered; had been promoted to general because they thought he was going to die from his wounds; later became multi-term governor of Maine and president of Bowdoin College where he had been a professor before the war. He was well loved by his troops who were obviously willing to die for him. He died in 1914 supposedly much belatedly from the wounds he received during the war.
Yes, I know, I digressed - something I do more and more of as I grow older.
The show? We had great seats but with my lousy hearing and the quick talking southern accents, I missed so much of it that I was disappointed. There was a lot of laughter in the play which I sure don't think was in the movie or book. Dakin Matthews, great character actor, played the judge and LaTanya Richardson Jackson (Samuel L.'s better half) also stars.
Not sure, but doubt, Daniels still in it but it is worth seeing. A new look of an American classic. If your hearing is adequate!
Last Edit: Nov 14, 2019 15:38:37 GMT -5 by sader1970
Sorry, I know I am getting carried away here and projecting my hero-worship of Chamberlain onto Daniels:
On the morning of April 9, 1865, Chamberlain learned of the desire by General Robert E. Lee to surrender the Army of Northern Virginia when a Confederate staff officer approached him under a flag of truce. "Sir," he reported to Chamberlain, "I am from General Gordon. General Lee desires a cessation of hostilities until he can hear from General Grant as to the proposed surrender." The next day, Chamberlain was summoned to Union headquarters where Maj. Gen. Charles Griffin informed him that he had been selected to preside over the parade of the Confederate infantry as part of their formal surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 12.
Thus Chamberlain was responsible for one of the most poignant scenes of the American Civil War. As the Confederate soldiers marched down the road to surrender their arms and colors, Chamberlain, on his own initiative, ordered his men to come to attention and "carry arms" as a show of respect. In memoirs written forty years after the event, Chamberlain described what happened next:
Gordon, at the head of the marching column, outdoes us in courtesy. He was riding with downcast eyes and more than pensive look; but at this clatter of arms he raises his eyes and instantly catching the significance, wheels his horse with that superb grace of which he is master, drops the point of his sword to his stirrup, gives a command, at which the great Confederate ensign following him is dipped and his decimated brigades, as they reach our right, respond to the 'carry.' All the while on our part not a sound of trumpet or drum, not a cheer, nor a word nor motion of man, but awful stillness as if it were the passing of the dead.
Chamberlain stated that his salute to the Confederate soldiers was unpopular with many Unionists, but he defended his action in his memoirs, The Passing of the Armies. Many years later, Gordon, in his own memoirs, called Chamberlain "one of the knightliest soldiers of the Federal Army." Gordon never mentioned the anecdote until after he read Chamberlain's account, more than 40 years later.
In all, Chamberlain served in 20 battles and numerous skirmishes, was cited for bravery four times, had six horses shot from under him, and was wounded six times