Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon on the Humanity in FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE


–Terrence McNally’s 1987 play Frankie and
Johnny in the Clair de Lune is back on Broadway. Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon play a
diner waitress and a short order cook whose first date turns into something more. We’re here on opening night to talk to the
stars. –Terrence’s writing is is is so musical,
and the rhythms are so inform the characters. –I think New York inspires a writer. You just open your window, go out the front
door, and you meet interesting people. There’s a lot of me in both of those characters. I guess I was much lonelier when I turned
40 than I realized. –Terrence seems to be the playwright in our
American theater pantheon that is focused the most on humanity, the humanity of people
and particularly people who sometimes are not in the limelight. –Audra and Michael, I think, are incredible
and incredible as individuals and totally distinct as individuals and as artists. And they are incredible together. –They bring a rawness, maturity and honesty. It’s some of the most naked, profound performances
I’ve ever seen.

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