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Interview With Ghost-Writer Actor Dan Kremer
April 23, 2012, 2:09 pm
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Dan Kremer

Can you tell us a little bit about your character in Ghost-Writer?

In 1910, Franklin Woolsey is a successful novelist who takes an apartment in NY in which to work on his next book. He hires a typist to whom he will dictate it. The character of Franklin is loosely based on Henry James, a novelist of this era who wrote his books by dictating them to an amanuensis. James, it is known, favored a Remington typewriter. In our production, Woolsey follows the practice with his typist using a “# 5 – Oliver – Standard Visible Writer.”

What are you looking forward to most in working on this play?

When I first read this play, I was struck by its marvelous richness of language. The playwright, Michael Hollinger, has written a polished gem of a play that captures both the essence of three vibrant characters and a time other than our own.

As we have delved deeper into the text, I have become enthralled by the musicality of the play. The sound of words over the rhythm of striking typewriter keys, the timbre of voices in solo, duet and trio, combine with the jarring of a ringing telephone and other sounds to create a nearly symphonic experience.

The combination is exhilarating.

What interests you about Franklin Woolsey, do you relate to him at all?

Late in his life, Franklin Woolsey, unexpectedly, discovers an energetic and passionate participant in his life’s work. I wonder, who could not relate to that?

How do you interpret Myra’s communication with Mr. Woolsey?

This speaks to Vivian’s (Mrs. Woolsey’s) quest in the story. Is Myra a mimic, medium or masterful forger? It is also, I hope, the very question that will set the audience abuzz when they leave the theatre. Good plays open us to various perceptions and the best prompt lively discussion.


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