Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Jill Clayburgh Prays For Radio Drama

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Actress Jill Clayburgh is praying for a role in a play – but it’s not like it sounds.

Clayburgh portrays an episcopal priest who finds a previously undiscovered gospel in The Busy World Is Hushed.

The actress, who is best known for 1970s-era films like Silver Streak and An Unmarried Woman, originated the role during an acclaimed off-Broadway production and will be reviving it in Los Angeles starting today (Feb. 7) for a version that will be recorded as a radio play for broadcast on public and satellite radio.

Clayburgh loves playing her character, Hannah, because, despite her religious background “is pretty flawed as a human.”

As she puts it, “Her faith is strongly held and her son tries to chip away at it and, ultimately, she rejects her son for her faith.”

The study of faith vs. religion is one near and dear to Clayburgh, who studied religion while in college and remains fascinated by “why people believe what they believe.”

After the play finishes its run on Sunday (Feb. 11), Clayburgh plans another mission of sorts: Looking for TV roles for the fall season.

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