Talk about inspiration.
Last weekend my husband was kind enough to take me to Theresa Rebeck's new play: "Seminar" which was simply wonderful.
It was a play about writers and writing: Four aspiring writers pay an exorbitant amount of money to meet for 10 weeks and take a writing seminar with a highly regarded editor/former writer played by Alan Rickman. I mean you can't get any better than that, really.
The four young writers got more than they payed for - Rickman's character ruthlessly tells them the truth - about themselves and their writing. I especially liked how characteristics of the aspiring writers (elements of their personality that Leonard cut them down about) actually mirrored some of his own personal failings: the name dropping/self aggrandizing stance on writing; the fear of letting go of the past; the rampant sexuality; the truly talented writer that keeps his work hidden out of fear. I have to admit, the writer in me also keyed into the writers' habits of overwriting a particular piece/not letting anyone seeing a particular work. Bad habits that I seem to fall into every now and again myself.
I am just tickled that I was finally able to see Rickman live on stage.
I've been a fan of Alan Rickman's since his portrayal of Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility
He also was in one of my other favorite films: Dogma
And of course he played Severus Snape in my much loved Harry Potter movies:
Here is a recent interview he did where he speaks about acting and the various roles he's played through the years: