Whittier College News Release
Behind the Broken Words: A Tale of Two Voices
WHAT: Behind the Broken Words: A Tale of Two Voices
ADD: "Behind the Broken Words," a performance of 20th century poetry and drama, stars Emmy award-winning actors Roscoe Lee Browne and Anthony Zerbe. In its past three seasons, this production has been seen in over 50 theaters across the county including a performance at the Mark Taper Forum.
This 'concert of verse' includes the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millet, William Butler Yeats, Dylan Thomas, e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot and more. Additionally, scenes from various plays including those of Jean Giraudoux, Derek Wolcott and Alfred De Musset are interwoven into "Behind the Broken Words," which the New York Times called "a two-part harmony that sings!"
Roscoe Lee Browne, a Tony award nominee and an L.A. Drama Critics award winner, started his career in the New York Shakespeare Festival, and has been acting ever since--both on and off Broadway, and in theater festivals throughout the United States and Europe.
Mr. Browne's extensive work in television includes "Barney Miller," "Law and Order" and "New York Undercover," as well as others. He has also appeared in a variety of films, and was the narrative voice for the Oscar-nominated movie, Babe. Browne's co-star, Anthony Zerbe, is recognized as one of the country¹s most versatile actors with extensive credits in film, television and theater. His major film titles include Cool Hand Luke, The Dead Zone and Licence to Kill, while his many television appearances include "Gunsmoke," "Mission: Impossible," "Bonsnza," "Columbo," and "Murder, She Wrote."
On stage, Zerbe has been seen both on and off Broadway, and has appeared in a numerous Shakespeare roles including Iago in the Mark Taper Forum production of Othello,with James Earl Jones.
The two veteran actors, Browne and Zerbe, created and premiered "Behind the Broken Words" over 20 years ago to critical acclaim in both Los Angeles and New York, and reprised it in 1995.
Of the show, Zerbe said, "Poets take the feelings that we all have and articulate them. . .when they are beautifully articulated, they become accessible to everyone." The poetry and drama in "Behind the Broken words" is just that: beautifully articulated and accessible to everyone.
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