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After the movie on Thursday, April 21 at SVA 2: Star and subject Austin Pendleton joins in conversation with prominent actors from his career, including Olympia Dukakis, Peter Sarsgaard, Denis O’Hare, & George Morfogen, Bob Balaban, Wallace Shawn, and filmmakers David H. Holmes and Gene Gallerano. Moderated by Variety's Gordon Cox.
Austin Pendleton is a playwright and director, wining Drama Desk and Obie awards and receiving a Tony nomination for his direction of The Little Foxes. He is a member of Steppenwolf Theater, teaches at HB Studio, and trained with Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen.
Olympia Dukakis is an Academy Award winner for her performance in Moonstruck, a role that also earned her a Golden Globe Award, American Comedy Award, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has appeared in more than 60 feature and short films, including Cloudburst (most recent), Mr. Holland’s Opus, Steel Magnolias, Dad, Look Who’s Talking I, II & III, Mighty Aphrodite, Jeffrey, Away From Her, among many others.
Well-known for his role as Bob Rebadow in TV Series Oz, Morfogen has an illustrious acting career on the screen in films and TV, and also on stage in broadway, off-broadway, and regional theater, where he has worked with directors including Austin Pendleton, John Malkovich, and Stephen Daldry.
Denis O’Hare was most recently seen on FX’s “American Horror Story: Hotel.” Some of other credits include: The Normal Heart, Dallas Buyers Club, The Proposal, Milk, Baby Mama, Garden State, The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU as well as several Broadway/Off-Broadway productions.
Peter Sarsgaard continues to remain an actor renowned for his range and ability to access what is behind the often complicated facades of the characters he plays. He recently completed a six-week run of Hamlet at the Classic Stage Company, which found him reunited with his Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya director, Austin Pendleton. On the big screen, Sarsgaard first received wide acclaim for his role as John Lotter, the tormenter and rapist in Kimberly Pierce’s Boys Don’t Cry. Select film & TV credits include An Education, Blue Jasmine, Night Moves, NBC’s The Slap, and recently Black Mass and Pawn Sacrifice. Sarsgaard attended the Actors’ Studio Program at Washington University in Missouri and currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, and their two children.
From Dallas, Gene has acted in film, television and theater in NY, LA and Texas. He is co-founder of The Neboya Collective, an independent production company, through which he has worked on the films, Texas (with Lorelei Linklater, Peri Gilpin, Reed Birney, Janine Turner and Paul Benjamin), Fireworkers (directed by his wife, Christina Bennett Lind), The Talk Man, Starring Austin Pendleton, Occupy, and Grown.
David H. Holmes
David H. Holmes has studied with and acted under the direction of Mr. Pendleton in multiple plays over the past decade. He has since gone on to forge a career in Film and Television with credits including Law and Order, Girls, The Following, Mr. Robot, and Birdman among others.
Gordon Cox - moderator
Gordon Cox is a New York-based editor at Variety, where he writes about film and theater and oversees the paper's theater coverage. Prior to joining Variety in 2005, he was a critic, reporter and columnist at Newsday. He has also worked at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater.