Interviewed by Joel Markowitz with Lorraine Treanor
“We are the tales that we tell.”
Continuing his conversation with Joel Markowitz, master story teller Theodore Bikel covers a lifetime of experiences and lessons learned. Always, there is Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof, the role he has played more often than any actor on earth. He shares his inspiration for the role, tells how he keeps each performance fresh and new, and takes us to an unforgettable performance.
“The arts are not about ‘safe’. They are about endangerment.”
An early member of the NEA, Mr. Bikel recalls the founding principles of the granting organization, and discusses the United States government’s un-ease with the arts. Non-profits, donors, directors, actors … what are your goals? Where are we heading?
Finally, Theodore Bikel, the man whose life is an inspiration to so many – tells us who inspires him.
(Run time: 20:10:12)
Theodore Bikel maintains a vigorous performance and recording schedule. You have listened to portions of songs from his 2006 CD, In My Own Lifetime. His latest recording, with famed tenor Alberto Mizrahi, is titled Our Song. To learn more, visit Mr. Bikel’s website.