John Guare: Making acting debut in his own new play

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NEW YORK (AP) -- John Guare isn't merely ready to unveil his new play -- he'll also be onstage in it.

The Tony Award-winning playwright said he will make his first foray into professional acting when he appears in the world premiere of his "Three Kinds of Exile" this summer at the Atlantic Theater Company.

"It's my acting debut. I'm the New Face of 2013," the 75-year-old joked by phone from Florida, where he was working on another new play.

"Three Kinds of Exile" follows the true story of three Eastern European artists who went into exile during the Soviet era. Guare will be playing himself: "I have no idea if they'll fire me," he said.

Guare was a close friend of one of the exiles and "in telling her story, I had to write myself as a character." During three early readings, Guare played himself and began to feel very possessive of the part.

"So I just decided, for once, I should be in a play," said the playwright, whose last acting was in summer stock 53 years ago. "I said, ‘Jeez. Why not for once in my life just try it?' "

Guare said he doesn't want to dwell on what this new stab at acting means. "My humiliation might be so enormous that I have to leave New York City," he said.


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