In this riveting and surprising personal history, John Lithgow
shares a backstage view of his own struggle, crisis, and discovery,
revealing the early life and career that took place out of the
Above all Lithgow's memoir is a tribute to his most important
influence: his father, Arthur Lithgow, who, as an actor, director,
producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, brought theater to John's
boyhood. From bedtime stories to Arthur's illustrious productions,
performance and storytelling were constant and cherished parts of
family life. "Drama" details with poignancy and sharp recollection
the moments that introduced a budding young actor to the undeniable
power of theater.
Before Lithgow gained fame with films like "The World According
to Garp" and television shows like "3rd Rock from the Sun," his
early years were full of scenes both hilarious and bittersweet. His
ruminations on the nature of theater, film acting, and storytelling
cut to the heart of why actors are driven to perform, and why
people are driven to watch them do it.
Lithgow chronicles the harrowing moments of his past,
reflecting with moving candor on friends made and lost, mistakes
large and small, and the powerful love of a father who set him on
the road to a life onstage. Illuminating, funny, affecting, and
thoroughly engrossing, "Drama" raises the curtain on the making of
one of our most beloved actors.
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