#225 JACK O’BRIEN, Director

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SHOWS: The Full Monty, Hairspray, The Coast of Utopia

Note: This interview was recorded via phone with Mr. O’Brien and may not have as clear of a sound as our other episodes. Trust us when we say the brilliance of Mr. O’Brien’s wisdom outweighs any technical issues.

The Tony Award winning Jack O’Brien is one of the industry’s most versatile directors, one who easily goes from Shakespeare to Shaiman to Stoppard, all without missing a beat. In addition to his many years as the Artistic Director of San Diego’s Old Globe Theater he has directed such shows as Porgy and Bess, The Most Happy Fella, Damn Yankees, The Full Monty, The Invention of Love, Hairspray, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Coast of Utopia, The Nance, Carousel, and All My Sons, to name just a few.

Jack pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he became a protege of Ellis Rabb, what it was like working with the legendary Helen Hayes, and why he embraces every second he is in a theater.

Also, Jack shines the spotlight on Tom Stoppard, Terrence McNally, and Nathan Lane!

Buy Jack’s autobiography here

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