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.
Joel Markowitz says
Thanks to Lorraine for her great editing. You created magic. Joel
The Times can’t pay him what we do!
As an big fan of your remarkable interviews, your latest interview with the great Theodore Bikel was your finest yet! YASHER KOYACH! You are terrific! Joel, I know that I speak for your many, many adoring fans when I say that you belong in the Arts Section of the New York Times!
Happy birthday, biz hundred un tzvansig yur! Until 120 years!
Wonderful interview, Joel! You caught his essence & the ending lyrics brought tears to my eyes!
Just a note.. We are very proud of our podcast team on this super interview. Joel, Lorraine.. Congrats
What a great interview Joel! The set up was great with the musical interplay. I loved the beginning where “If I were a rich man” fades out and the interview begins.
Irene Wagner says
Joel, I can understand why Mr. Bikel was so pleased with your interview. You allowed him to tell us his story and it was fabulous to hear it. Thank you. Irene
bruce markowitz says
Joel- What a pleasure to listen to you interview Theodore Bikel. His zest for life and his deep humanity shine forth in your interview. Great job! I’ve been singing Tevye’s songs all morning! Bruce.