Tim Robbins On Local Theatre, Folk Music and Family

- Tim Robbins stopped by Good Day LA to talk about a play he wrote and directed called, “Harlequino on to Freedom”. Right out of UCLA, a group of actors formed a theatre company called The Actor’s Gang – punk rockers that wanted to make good theatre. That was 34 years ago. The group is based at the Ivy Substation in Culver City here in California.

“My success came from this. Every time I would do and episodic or sitcom back when I was starting, I would always tell my agents I needed 4 or 5 months to do some theatre. And they’d say, ‘you’re crazy. You’re building momentum,” and I would say this was important. And so I think it was prioritizing that which led to the opportunities that came.”

He also talked about his mother and father in the interview with Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone. While he loves music and theatre, he says his first love is theatre.  “Harlequino on to Freedom” is a new project with the same cast and an original piece, which is about slavery, what freedom means to people, and what it means to entertain.

Afterward the interview, he performed a folk song along with violinist Eric Gorfain.  That performance is the second video in this story. It will appear after the interview. You can also watch the performance here on our YouTube channel.

More information about the Eric Gorfain and the String Quartet performance this weekend:

The Actors' Gang proudly presents: ERIC GORFAIN & THE SECTION QUARTET with Special Guests Petra Haden, David Garza and Tim Robbins

Join us this Saturday, October 3 at 9pm for a night of songs and strings with Eric Gorfain and the Section Quartet. From Coachella's Main Stage to Austin's SXSW festival, from their native Los Angeles to Dublin, The Section Quartet's high-powered live shows confirm you don't need a guitar to rock. Drawing from six decades of rock music, The Section Quartet always puts on an entertaining show! Eric and Tim recently opened the music program with a sold-out concert at Nuits de Fourvière in Lyon, France (in conjunction with the Gang's tour of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM).

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