JOHN LARROQUETTE

From “Night Court” to Nantucket, one of America’s favorite actors takes us an amazing sleigh ride.

Aired on April 26, 2019.

TRANSCRIPT

> THE PLAY IS A PLAY WITH A POSSIBLE MURDER, ADULTERY, WALT DISNEY, A MUNCHKIN, ROMAN POLANSKI AND A LOBSTER.

IN OTHER WORDS, A VERY WEIRD AND VERY FUNNY PLAY MADE ALL THE FUNNIER BY THE LEAD ACTOR, JOHN LARROQUETTE.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US HERE.

YOU'RE RIGHT.

TO SAY WHAT THE STORY IS ABOUT IS A BIT CHALLENGING.

WHAT DO YOU SAY THE PLAY IS ABOUT?

A MAN IS CONFRONTED WITH HIS PAST EXPERIENCE BY THESE TWO VISITORS.

AND HE DECIDES TO TELL THE AUDIENCE IN ESSENCE WHAT HAPPENED.

BUT MEMORY IS FAULTY, FIRST OF ALL.

AND IT IS SUBBIVE.

AND SO HE TELLS THE STORY.

AND I DON'T NECESSARILY THINK THAT IT IS REALLY WHAT HAPPENED AT ALL.

IT'S WHAT HE REMEMBERED HAPPENED.

I'VE BEEN OFTEN ASKED TO WRITE A MEMOIR, WHICH I DON'T THINK I WILL, BUT I WILL SAY THIS IS A TRUE STORY AND SOME OF IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED.

AND I THINK WITH JOHN'S WRITING, YOU KNOW, IT IS THAT WAY.

HOW FAULTY IS OUR MEMORY?

CONSTRUCT YOUR MEMORY.

THERE ARE THOSE ELEMENTS IN IT AND JOHN IS A GREAT WRITER, A SURREAL COMEDY WRITER BUT ALSO TOUCHES ON DEEP ISSUES.

YES, WHEN I SAW IT, TO ME, IT WAS LIKE FARCICAL DAVID LYNCH MOVIE.

WHEN YOU REALIZE YOU HAVE, TO ME, YOU HAVE TO USE DREAM LOGIC.

IT ALL FITS INTO PLACE.

THAT'S THE WAY I SAW IT.

YOU CAN SEE THE SAME THING HAPPENING TO PEOPLE ALL AROUND ME.

YOU'RE VERY CLOSE TO THE AUDIENCE.

HOW TO THEY RESPOND?

I CAN SEE THEM AND I LOOK AT THEM.

I TALK TO YOU.

I TALK TO THE AUDIENCE.

AND SOMETIMES IT OFFPUTTING.

I TRY NOT TO FOCUS COMPLETELY.

IF YOU LOOK AT SOMEBODY TELLING YOU SOMETHING AND THEY'RE GOING -- YOU WONDER, THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.

I'D BETTER MOVE.

ON AS AN ACTORTION YOU DON'T WANT IT TO AFFECT YOUR PERFORMANCE SO MOSTLY I TRY TO LOOK INTO THE DARK, LIKE AT THE FOURTH ROW.

BUT I CAN TELL WITHIN 30 SECONDS OF THE LIGHTS GOING UP IF THE AUDIENCE IS LEANING FORWARD, READY FOR THE STORY OR IF THEY'RE HELEANING BACK SAYING, SHOW ME.

IF THEY'RE LEANING BACK, SHOW ME, THEN IT'S MY JOB TO SHOW THEM BUT NOT TO REACH OUT AND GRAB THEM BECAUSE THAT MAKES YOU RECOIL MORE.

YOU JUST DO THE PLAY.

WE'VE REHEARSED IT ENOUGH.

JERRY IS A GREAT DIRECTOR AND WE HAVE OUR SCHEMATIC FOR EVERY NIGHT THAT WE TRY TO DUPLICATE.

THE PLAY IS THE PLAY.

HOW YOU RECEIVE IS IT REALLY NOT MY CONCERN.

IT SHOULDN'T BE.

BECAUSE IF I'M CONCERNED WITH HOW YOU RECEIVE IT, I MIGHT ALTER IT TRYING TO GET YOU TO RECEIVE IT AND THEN WE LOSE THE HEART OF IT.

THIS IS A PLAY WHERE YOU'RE IN EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY SCENE.

NOT ONLY THAT, YOU'RE THE CENTER IN WHICH EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE ROTATES.

THE JUGULAR WHO KEEPS ALL THESE BIZARRE PLATES UP IN THE AIR.

DIDN'T YOU THINK IT MIGHT BE A BIT DAUNTING?

I WAS AN IDIOT.

I THOUGHT, I HAVE NOT DONE SOMETHING LIKE THIS OBVIOUSLY FOR A LONG TIME.

AND I WAS SITTING AT HOME WITH ELIZABETH, MY WIFE.

AND I SAID, YOU KNOW, CAN I CARRY THIS WATER AT MY AGE?

I'M NOT YOUNG ANYMORE.

BY ANY DEFINITION.

EXCEPT MAYBE A TORTOISE.

AND I THOUGHT, IT IS A CHALLENGE BUT I HAVE TO TAKE IT ON BECAUSE OF WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE.

AS I SAY, MOST PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THE PLAY, IT IS VERY AL.

BUT 'WALL STREET JOURNAL' CRITIC SAID THIS ABOUT IT.

I LAUGHED AT ITS WILD PLOT TWISTS, LOUDLY AND A LOT BUT I ALSO WATCHED THE LAST SCENE THROUGH TEARS.

I DIDN'T WATCH THE LAST SCENE THROUGH TEARS EXACTLY BUT I KNOW WHAT HE MEANS.

THERE IS A TRANSFORMATION IN YOUR CHARACTER.

IT IS A MILD, GENTLE VERSION OF EBENEZER SCROOGE IN THE CHRISTMAS CAROL.

YOU SEE HER RECONNECT WITH HIS HUMANITY.

IS THAT TOO MUCH?

I DON'T THINK AT ALL.

I THINK WHEN HE, ONE OF THE CHALLENGES FOR ME WAS TO THINK, TO DECIDE WHEN HE RECOGNIZES THEM FROM HIS PAST.

WHEN THEY COME INTO THE OFFICE WITH THE BOOK, NOT GIVING AWPLO.

THAT'S WHAT IT IS.

HE LOVED THESE KIDS.

HE TRIED TO HELP THEM ESCAPE FROM WHATEVER SITUATION.

HOW MUCH OF IT IS REAL, WHO KNOWS?

I BELIEVE, BECAUSE THE MAY HAS BEEN CUT SOMEWHAT, THERE WAS EVEN MORE ON STAINING ABOUT HIS TRYING TO HELP THEIR PRESENT TIME LIFE.

NOW IT IS JUST GIVING THEM SOMETHING OF THEIR MOTHER.

AND YES, HE COULD HAVE SAID, KIDS, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.

HE TRIED TO GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO MAKE THEIR LIVES MORE COMPLETE.

TO PUT A SMALL PEACE OF MIND.

WE'RE OUT OF TIME.

THIS PLAY ENDS MAY 5.

DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS COMING UP AFTER THAT?

ANY MORE NARRATIONS?

ANY NEW VERSION OF THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW --

ISN'T IT AMAZING THAT THAT STICKS AROUND 45, 50 YEARS LATER?

? NO.

MY ONLY PLANS ARE TO KILL SOME FISH AND EAT THEM.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

NANTUCKET SLEIGH RIDE IS PLAYING THROUGH MAY 5.

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Funders

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