I photographed Lily Rabe for the cover of this week’s Back Stage. Daughter of playwright David Rabe and the late Oscar-nominated actor, Jill Clayburgh (whom I also shot for the magazine’s cover, nearly six years ago, and during three days of stills–one of which was outdoors during a near-monsoon–for the New York scenes of Andrey Konchalovsky’s “Shy People”), Rabe will play (and surely inhabit) Rosalind in “As You Like It,” included in Shakespeare in the Park’s 50th anniversary at the Delacorte Theater, opening on June 5 (the same day that Konchalovsky’s rarely seen film will screen as part of BAMcinématek‘s “Tangerine Dreams” series).
“The Toe Tactic,” a quirky and engaging hybrid live action/animation film starred Rabe and was produced by wonderful Jen Small. I volunteered to do stills for two days and shot Sakina Jaffrey (whose mother, actor and food guru Madhur Jaffrey, I had shot for New York Magazine a few years earlier, and who played “guest of honor” in “Six Degrees of Separation”) and Kevin Corrigan (whose mother I’ve never met).
Jen’s father-in-law, James Wolfensohn, was the 9th president of the World Bank. Dr. Jim Yong Kim, an expert on global health and president of Dartmouth (I’ll skip going off on another tangent to discuss a computer science professor at the college who has total disdain for copyright), was named the 12th president of the World Bank on April 16.
Read Back Stage senior web editor Suzy Evans’ interview with Lily Rabe here: