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She recalls having to report to shoot the film “World Trade Center” only two days after Darmia was brought home. “All I can say is I’m glad I played a character that had to weep a lot,” she says.

Having a young child means Murphy, known for her ferocious researching skills, can’t always do as much homework as she used to. “You have to edit your approach. I’m always cramming,” she says.

To prepare for the new role, Murphy read about the Holocaust, met with survivors, looked at footage of performers from that time, studied Yiddish theater and how voices change over time, and even looked into how having a heart condition might affect her character.

“It’s not like I do it because I feel I must. I love it. I’m a student constantly,” she says. “On this show, my God, I could spend the rest of my life researching so many elements of it.”

Dart, the playwright, calls Murphy “the hardest working actress I’ve ever encountered” and says she “doesn’t have a lazy bone in her body.” She joked that when the director, Leonard Foglia, first met Murphy, the actress already knew more about Yiddish theater than he did.

“This is someone who does her homework and wouldn’t set foot on that stage without having done the kind of work that she does for everything.”

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Online:

http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/broadway/thepeopleinthepicture/