Looking Back: An Interview with Valerie Harper on ‘Looped’ and Her Theatre Career by Joel Markowitz

valerieharpercandidWhen I heard that Valerie Harper had dropped out of the National Tour of Looped, (replaced by Stephanie Powers) I knew that it had to be something terrible that would keep this trouper off the stage, and then it was revealed that Valerie was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.

The first thing I did was to try to find the podcast I recorded on June 2, 2009 with Valerie Harper at The Lincoln Theatre when she was appearing in Looped at Arena Stage. It still remains my favorite podcast and interview because, as you listen to it, you will hear and feel the joy we both felt in that small dressing room while we were schmoozing about Valerie’s theatre career – a subject very few interviewers ever talked to her about. And although I spent only an hour with her, I felt like I knew Valerie all my life and that she was one of my lifetime best friends. It’s an hour I will never forget, and luckily I have this wonderful souvenir.

Valerie Harper plays Tallulah Bankhead in Matthew Lombardo's comedy 'Looped.' Photo by Carol Rosegg. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/valerie-harper-pays-tribute-dissolute-star-tallulah-bankhead-looped-article-1.174848#ixzz2MuX5bHpk

Valerie Harper as Tallulah Bankhead in Matthew Lombardo’s comedy ‘Looped.’ Photo by Carol Rosegg.

So thanks to Lorraine Treanor at DCTheatreScene for her wonderful work in editing this joyous 28 minute podcast.

Listen to my interview with Valerie Harper!


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