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George Morfogen

George Morfogen

Born on Thursday, March 30, 1933

Interviewed on: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Location: At his home
Interviewed by: Casey Childs
Interview #105
"For me, Off-Broadway was a lifeline."
George Morfogen Highlights
Video Length: 5 Minutes, 20 Seconds
George Morfogen Interview
Video Length: 2 Hours, 11 Minutes

George Morfogen is an actor who has worked extensively in Off-Broadway theatre. His Off-Broadway credits include: FOR THE TIME BEING (CHRISTMAS ORATORIO) (1957) at the Lucille Lortel Theatre; THE TRIAL OF DMITRI KARAMAZOV (1958); THE GOOD SOLDIER SCHWEIK (1963); ICE AGE (1975) at the Chelsea Theater Center; THE SORROWS OF FREDERICK (1976); MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION (1985), THE COUNTRY GIRL (1990), and CYRANO DE BERGERAC (1997) at Roundabout Theatre Company; PRINCIPIA SCRIPTORIAE (1986) and GOLDEN AGE (2012) at Manhattan Theatre Club; OTHELLO (1991/2001), AS YOU LIKE IT (1992), HENRY V (1996), CYMBELINE (1998), HAMLET (1999), and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (2007) at NYSF/The Public; THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE (1999), UNCLE BOB (1995, 2001), and THE MADRAS HOUSE (2007) the Mint Theater Company; ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (2006) and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (2008) at Theater for a New Audience; VIEUX CARRE (2009) at the Pearl Theatre Company;  RICHARD II (2006), UNCLE  VANYA (2009), THE FOREST (2010), THREE SISTERS (2011), and IVANOV (2012) at Classic Stage Company; and FREUD’S LAST SESSION (2012) at New World Stages. For his work in RICHARD II, he was awarded in 2006 the St. Clair Bayfield Award, which is presented by the Actors’ Equity Association to honor the best supporting performance by an actor in a Shakespearean play in the New York metropolitan area.

George Morfogen was born in the Bronx, New York. He received a BA in English and American Literature from Brown University (Phi   Beta  Kappa),  and an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. His Broadway credits include John Gabriel Borkman (1980), Kingdoms (1981), Arms and the Man (1985), An Inspector Calls (1994), Fortune’s Fool (2002), and A Man for All Seasons (2008). He is best known on television for his recurring role as Bob Rebadow on all six seasons of the HBO series “Oz”. 

Mentioned in Interview

W.H. Auden, Jonathan Bank, Robert Kalfin, Frank Langella, Romulus Linney, Joseph Papp, Austin Pendleton, Arthur Penn, Ellis Rabb, Andre Serban, Frank Silvera, Daniel J. Sullivan, Chelsea Theater Center, Circle in the Square, Circle Repertory Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Jan Hus Playhouse, Jewish Repertory Lucille Lortel Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Mint Theater, Negro Ensemble Company, NYSF/The Public, The Pearl Theater, Roundabout Theatre, Soho Playhouse, Theatre de Lys, Theatre 80 St. Marks, Theater for a New Audience, ARMS AND THE MAN, FOR THE TIME BEING (CHRISTMAS ORATORIO), FREUD’S LAST SESSION, THE GOLEM, THE GOOD SOLDIER SCHWEIK, HENRY V, THE ICE AGE, IVANOV, MADRAS HOUSE, OTHELLO, PRINCIPIA SCRIPTORIAE, RICHARD II, THE SEAGULL, THE SORROWS OF FREDERICK, THREE SISTERS, THE TRIAL OF DIMITRI KARAMAZOV, UNCLE BOB, VIEUX CARRE, THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE