- The Washington Times - Friday, January 28, 2005

Shakespeare Theatre Artistic Director Michael Kahn celebrated the opening night of “Lorenzaccio” with Jeffrey Carlson, who plays the title role in Alfred de Musset’s 1833 romantic drama about Renaissance politics, the Medicis and the price of freedom. The production, a Washington first, was directed by Mr. Kahn from a new translation and adaptation by John Strand. Mr. Carlson, 29, studied at the University of California at Davis, intending to be a veterinarian, but switched to theater and transferred to the Juilliard School, where Mr. Kahn was head of the drama department.

“He twisted and beat me up for four years,” the actor said with a laugh after giving a big hug to his mentor at the post-production party at Jaleo. Mr. Carlson and others from the cast will perform a benefit cabaret for tsunami relief Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Mimi’s Bistro, 2120 P St. NW. Fully tax-deductible tickets are $100 each.

James R. Brantley

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