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Luminaries of Stage & Screen A New Virtual Interview Series

May 19, 2021

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Luminaries of Stage & Screen A New Virtual Interview Series Premieres May 19 with Louis Gossett Jr. followed by Lynne Moody on May 26!

West Palm Beach, Florida-(Wednesday, May 5)-Palm Beach Dramaworks is pleased to announce the launch of a new online series, Luminaries of Stage & Screen, featuring major artists in conversation. The series kicks off on Wednesday, May 19 with the legendary Louis Gossett Jr., followed on May 26 with the esteemed actress Lynne Moody. This ongoing series, which will be streamed intermittently, is scheduled to continue as a virtual offering even after PBD reopens.  Producing Artistic Director William Hayes hosts the conversations, which were pre-recorded.

“We’ve been doing conversations with artists for a number of years, and we’ve found that audiences are eager to learn about the lives and careers of those who have made significant contributions to the arts,” said Hayes. “During the past year, we have, of course, been doing these interviews online, which means that we’re reaching a wider audience. Plus, using the internet as the platform for this series gives us more flexibility in scheduling. We’re delighted to begin with two fascinating people, Louis Gossett Jr. and Lynne Moody.”


In a celebrated 65-plus year career that spans stage, screen, and television and is still going strong, Louis Gossett Jr. is best known for his Academy Award-winning performance as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman and his Emmy Award-winning performance as Fiddler in the miniseries Roots. He has been a working actor since he was 17 and made his Broadway debut in Take a Giant Step (1953). He has appeared in nine additional shows on Broadway, including the original production of A Raisin in the Sun, in which he created the role of George Murchison, and the musicals Golden Boy and The Zulu and the Zayda. He was also featured in the first American production of Jean Genet’s The Blacks (1961), which became the longest running Off-Broadway play of the sixties. Gossett made his screen debut in 1961, repeating the role of George Murchison in the film adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun. A short list of his film credits includes Travels with My AuntThe Laughing PolicemanThe DeepEnemy MineDaddy’s Little GirlsWhy Did I Get Married Too?, and The Cuban. He has worked extensively in television, doing everything from miniseries to made-for-TV films to guest appearances in episodic shows. Some of the highlights include The Josephine Baker StoryReturn to Lonesome DoveCaptive Heart: The James Mink StoryStrange JusticeLackawana Blues, and most recently, Watchmen.


Lynne Moody

Lynne Moody has been a working actress since 1973, when she appeared in the blaxploitation horror film Scream Blacula Scream. She then went on to forge a distinguished career, particularly in television, where her credits include the mini-series Roots and Roots: The Next Generations (Irene Harvey); That’s My MamaE/RSoap, and Knots Landing (series regular); Hill Street Blues (recurring role); and the daytime series General Hospital, for which she received a 2001 nomination for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series. Other notable TV appearances include the mini-series The Atlanta Child Murders, which featured a cast that included James Earl Jones, Jason Robards, Morgan Freeman, and Ruby Dee; the TV movies A Caribbean Mystery (based on an Agatha Christie novel), A Fight for JennyEscape to Witch MountainLast LightLost in London (opposite Ben Vereen), Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice, which starred Louis Gossett Jr.; and countless guest shots on a wide variety of series. Moody studied at the Pasadena Playhouse and the Goodman Theatre, and her acclaimed stage work in Los Angeles includes David Hare’s A Map of the World at Odyssey Theatre, Jefferson Beeker’s First Couple at Tiffany Theatre, and C. Bernard Jackson’s Piano Bar at Inner City Cultural Center. She also directed Dennis Gersten’s Willie Said To at Playwrights’ Arena.



Tickets for the conversations with Gossett and Moody are free, but reservations are required. Tickets can be reserved at www.palmbeachdramaworks.org or by calling the box office at 561.514.4042, x2.

Louise and Barry Snyder are the sponsors of PBDonline.

Palm Beach Dramaworks is a professional, not-for-profit theatre company founded in 2000 and located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach. Each season, the award-winning company produces five mainstage shows and offers a wide variety of programs for students at the theatre, in schools, and online. Committed to fostering the future of theatre, PBD has become a hub for playwrights in Florida and around the country to nurture their work through initiatives including Drama(in the)works and the annual New Year/New Plays Festival. PBD is a member of Theatre Communications Group, Florida Professional Theatres Association, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. www.palmbeachdramaworks.org



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