Questions of Practice: Estelle Parsons on Artistic Practice
13 Mar 2014
While in Philadelphia to perform August: Osage County in April 2010, Academy Award-winning actress Estelle Parsons met with local theater professionals at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to talk about acting. Abigail Adams, artistic director of People’s Light & Theatre Company, moderated the discussion.
The lively Ms. Parsons talked about her fear as she stepped into this Broadway hit, as well as her discoveries about the foolproof nature of August: Osage County. She described her history as a young actress giving wildly inconsistent performances, a practice brought into check by her membership at the Actors Studio, an organization that she led as Artistic Director decades later. She detailed the history of the Group Theater and the profound teaching gifts of one of its inspiring, if controversial, founders, Lee Strasberg. Stating that her real interest is in “exploiting [her] one opportunity of being alive,” she revealed herself to be not only a scholar of American theater but an eternal student of humanity.