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Social Distance in 60 Minutes

Quarantined with Michael Shannon



McCarter's Resident Producer Debbie Bisno hosts a live conversation with the Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Tony Award® nominated actor Michael Shannon. Michael starred in Sam Shepard’s Simpatico at McCarter with his Chicago ensemble A RED ORCHID THEATRE, and recently worked on Broadway with the late Terrence McNally in Frankie & Johnnie in the Clair de Lune opposite Audra McDonald.

Tune in to hear about life in Brooklyn during COVID-19 and his just-released narration of "Frederick," a puppet rendition of Leo  Lionni's classic tale for Chicago Children's Theatre.




Social Distance in 60 Minutes is a live interview series that features actors, composers, writers, performers, creators, and scholars across multiple disciplines. The talks are up to one hour in length and take place in a ZOOM webinar format. Registration is required and participants may submit a question for the guest prior to the event via email.



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WEDNESDAY, MAY 13: Irene Sankoff and David Hein, creators of the Broadway musical Come From Away. Stay tuned for details & registration information.

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About Michael Shannon

Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Tony Award® nominated actor Michael Shannon continues to make his mark in entertainment, working with the industry's most respected talent and treading the boards in notable theaters around the world. He will next be seen in Scott Teems’ The Quarry opposite Shea Whigham, and in Seth Savoy’s Echo Boomers. Shannon garnered critical acclaim for his Oscar® nominated role in Revolutionary Road, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates. He went on to receive additional acclaim for Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes, Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals and Guillermo del Toro's critically acclaimed drama, The Shape of Water....Shannon's credits include in Knives Out; The Current War; State Like Sleep; What They Had; 12 Strong; Salt and Fire; Wolves; Frank & Lola; Complete Unknown; Elvis & Nixon; The Night Before; Freeheld; The Harvest; Jake Paltrow’s The Young Ones; Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel; Ariel Vromen's The Iceman; David Koepp's Premium Rush; Liza Johnson's Return; Marc Forster's Machine Gun Preacher; Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways; Werner Herzog's My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done and Bad Lieutenant; Sydney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead; Oliver Stone's World Trade Center; William Friedkin's Bug; Curtis Hanson's Lucky You; Michael Bay's Bad Boys II; Curtis Hanson's 8 Mile; David McNally's Kangaroo Jack; Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky; Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor; John Waters' Cecil B. DeMented; Noah Buschel's The Missing Person and Shana Feste's The Greatest. He recently starred in Jeff Nichols sci-fi thriller Midnight Special and in the drama Loving. His previous collaborations with Nichols include Take Shelter, for which he received a 2011 Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor; as well as the films Mud and Shotgun Stories.
On television, Shannon’s credits include Chan-wook Park’s AMC mini-series, The Little Drummer Girl; Jay and Mark Duplass’ HBO anthology series Room 104; Ramin Bahrani’s HBO film Fahrenheit 451; Drew and John Erick Dowdle’s Paramount Network limited series Waco; as well as Martin Scorsese's HBO series, Boardwalk Empire.
Last year, he was seen on stage starring in Terrence McNally’s Broadway revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune opposite Audra McDonald.
In 2018, he directed the world premiere of Traitor, Brett Neveu's adaption of Henrik Ibsen's Enemy of the People, for which he won a Jeff Award in the category of Best Director in a Midsize Play. Traitor included ensemble members Dado, Larry Grimm, Danny McCarthy, Guy Van Swearingen and Natalie West.
Most notably, Shannon was seen on Broadway co-starring alongside Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, and John Gallagher Jr. in Long Day’s Journey into Night. Produced by the Roundabout Theater Company and directed by Jonathan Kent, the revival of Eugene O’Neill’s landmark 1956 drama led Shannon to a 2016 Tony® nomination for ‘Supporting Actor’ as well as 2016 Drama Desk Award for ‘Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.’ Prior to that, Shannon appeared opposite Paul Rudd, Ed Asner, and Kate Arrington in Grace at the Cort Theatre. For his portrayal of ‘Sam,’ a distrustful and lonely computer genius who had recently lost his fiancé in a car accident, Shannon was nominated for a 2013 Distinguished Performance Drama League Award. Shannon also led Craig Wright's off-Broadway play, Mistakes Were Made, at the Barrow Street Theater. Directed by Dexter Bullard, Shannon portrays ‘Felix Artifex,’ a small time theatre producer, who gets in way over his fast-talking head when he takes on an epic about the French Revolution. The play received its world premiere at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago in 2009 with the same cast and director. The critically acclaimed production garnered numerous accolades for Shannon, including an Outstanding Lead Actor Lortel Award nomination, an Outstanding Actor in a Play Drama Desk Award nomination, an Outstanding Solo Performance Outer Critics Award nomination, and a Distinguished Performance Drama League Award nomination.
Additional theater credits include Victims of Duty (A Red Orchid Theatre); Simpatico (McCarter Theatre Center); Pilgrim’s Progress (A Red Orchid Theater); Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep Theatre); Our Town (Barrow Street Theatre); Lady (Rattlestick Theatre); The Metal Children (Vineyard Theatre); The Little Flower of East Orange (Public Theatre); The Pillowman (Steppenwolf Theatre); Bug (Barrow Street Theatre, Red Orchid Theatre and Gate Theatre); Man From Nebraska (Steppenwolf Theatre); Mr. Kolpert (Red Orchid Theatre); Killer Joe (SoHo Playhouse, Next Lab Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre); The Idiot (Lookingglass Theatre); The Killer (Red Orchid Theatre); and Woyzeck (Gate Theatre).
Michael Shannon grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and began his professional stage career in Chicago, Illinois.


Listen, watch, and go behind-the-scenes of the inspirational puppet rendition of Frederickbased on Leo Lionni’s book with original music and narration by Michael Shannon for Chicago Children’s Theater.

Michael Shannon and A Red Orchid Theatre in Sam Shepard's Simpatico at McCarter.


Read Ben Brantley’s The New York Times review of Mike Shannon and A Red Orchid Theatre in Sam Shepard’s Simpatico at McCarter.

"Review: Sam Shepard's 'Simpatico,' Cut Loose and Roaming Wild" —The New York Times


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