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Interview with Ron Vawter [videorecording]

Title
Interview with Ron Vawter [videorecording] / [Produced for the Open Access Channel, Amsterdam]
Publication
Amsterdam, 1993.

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Description
1 videocassette (VHS) (51 min.) : sd., col. SP; 1/2 in.
Alternative Title
A glimpse of a work in progress by Jonathan Demme and Kristi Zea -- Ron Vawter's Roy Cohn/Jack Smith
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Interviews.
  • Talk shows.
  • Television.
Note
  • No credits on tape.
Access (note)
  • Restricted to qualified researchers.
Event (note)
  • Videotaped in Amsterdam, Holland, in 1993. Originally broadcast on Amsterdam's cable television Open Access Channel.
Biography (note)
  • Roy Cohn (1927-1986) was a New York-based attorney who achieved national fame while still in his 20s as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy. In later years Cohn was active in conservative causes. Jack Smith (1932-1989) remains best known for his controversial film Flaming Creatures, which was seized at its premiere in 1963 and declared obscene by the New York Criminal Court. In addition to his filmmaking Smith wrote and performed solo performance art pieces. Both Cohn and Smith died from AIDS-related causes.
Language (note)
  • Although the interview is conducted in English, some material in this program is in Dutch without translation.
Call Number
NCOX 1834
Title
Interview with Ron Vawter [videorecording] / [Produced for the Open Access Channel, Amsterdam]
Imprint
Amsterdam, 1993.
Access
Restricted to qualified researchers.
Performer
Interviewed by Otto Valkman.
Event
Videotaped in Amsterdam, Holland, in 1993. Originally broadcast on Amsterdam's cable television Open Access Channel.
Summary
Actor Ron Vawter discusses his life and career, with emphasis on his play Roy Cohn/Jack Smith. This performance piece consisted of two monologues. In the first, Vawter portrayed attorney Roy Cohn, and in the second he portrayed filmmaker/performance artist Jack Smith. Excerpts from the show are included. He discusses his work as an actor as part of the Wooster Group, with Elizabeth LeCompte and Spalding Gray. He also discusses the difficulties in funding theater work, his role in the upcoming film Philadelphia, his homosexuality and the fact that he is living with AIDS.
Biography
Roy Cohn (1927-1986) was a New York-based attorney who achieved national fame while still in his 20s as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy. In later years Cohn was active in conservative causes. Jack Smith (1932-1989) remains best known for his controversial film Flaming Creatures, which was seized at its premiere in 1963 and declared obscene by the New York Criminal Court. In addition to his filmmaking Smith wrote and performed solo performance art pieces. Both Cohn and Smith died from AIDS-related causes.
Language
Although the interview is conducted in English, some material in this program is in Dutch without translation.
Local Note
Gift of Gregory F. Mehrten.
Added Author
Vawter, Ron, interviewee.
Valkman, Otto, interviewer.
Mehrten, Greg, donor.
Amsterdam Open Access Channel, producer.
Added Title
Title on screen: A glimpse of a work in progress by Jonathan Demme and Kristi Zea -- Ron Vawter's Roy Cohn/Jack Smith
Research Call Number
NCOX 1834
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