|New York, NY: December 17, 2015 — Actor Sam Waterston visits 92Y on January 5, 2016 for a conversation about his career and the new film in which he stars, Anesthesia. He is joined by (Anesthesia) writer-director Tim Blake Nelson and 92Y Reel Pieces moderator Annette Insdorf.
Whether on film, stage or television, Sam Waterston’s superlative acting has been visible for half a century. In addition to his Oscar-nominated performance in The Killing Fields (Best Actor, 1984), his memorable roles include Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors, Heaven’s Gate and The Great Gatsby (1974). His celebrated stage work includes Abe Lincoln in Illinois, and Hamlet as well as Much Ado About Nothing for Joseph Papp’s NY Shakespeare Festival. On TV, he is best known for the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie,” HBO’s “The Newsroom” and “Law and Order” between 1994-2010. Clips from Waterston’s career, and the onstage interview, will precede the film screening.
Anesthesia is a dramatic ensemble piece set in Manhattan, tracing the intersecting lives of a Columbia University philosophy professor (Waterston), his wife (Glenn Close), a student (Kristen Stewart) and characters played by Corey Stoll, Gretchen Mol, Michael Kenneth Williams and Mickey Sumner. It is the fifth feature for Tim Blake Nelson as writer-director, after such films as The Grey Zone (2001) and Leaves of Grass (2009). His work as an actor includes O Brother, Where Art Thou, Minority Report, Meet the Fockers, Syriana, The Incredible Hulk and Lincoln.
Annette Insdorf—Columbia University Film professor and author—has been bringing audiences the best in film for over 25 years, including previews of Oscar Best Picture winner Birdman and The Imitation Game, as well as Spotlight and Room, among many others.