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Trip Sheets: The Actor's Life

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Recalling his time driving a taxi in 1970s New York as an aspiring actor, Michael Goldfarb discusses the freedom, joy and absurdity of the actor's life, plus meeting Peter Brook.

1. Writer and broadcaster Michael Goldfarb drove a taxi cab in New York during the 70s while he pursued an acting career. In five essays, he looks back to a time when now-influential cultural figures moonlighted as cabbies, when New York City was as a place of violence, arson and near economic collapse - but also of artistic ferment. And he remembers the artistic celebrities he picked up in the back of his cab. After each cab journey he was obliged to fill in his "trip sheet".

In this first Essay he recalls, the freedom, joy and absurdity of the actor's life and his encounter with the most famous theatre director of the time, Peter Brook.

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Mon 16 May 2016 22:45

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