Jon Robin Baitz
Tom Slaughter’s paintings have a very specific effect. Like Brazilian music, as in Jobim, or Caetano Veloso, they are instantly pleasing.
In a letter to Mrs. Patrick Campbell, written in November 1912, George Bernard Shaw cleverly described himself as follows: “He will fill his fountain pen with your heart’s blood, and sell your most sacred emotions on the stage.
Given Ron Rifkin’s emotionally deep being, its easy to see why Jon Robin Baitz wrote the lead character in The Substance of Fire with Rifkin in mind. The playwright and the actor intimately discuss their friendship and life in the theater.