Tamburlaine the Er... Great.

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Avery Brooks in the title role of Christopher Marlowe's Tamburlaine, adapted and directed by Michael Kahn. Source: Carol Rosegg hide caption

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Great at bloodshed, that is. Christopher Marlowe's play about the loudmouth tyrant is being revived at the (new and beautiful) Sidney Harman Hall in DC (owned by the Shakespeare Theatre company). The mighty role of Tamburlaine is filled by the mightily familiar Avery Brooks — you may remember him as Captain Sisko on Deep Space Nine. (Admit it! You remember.) Well, today you can talk to him about playing a very old role for a very new audience... and anything jazz, opera, theatre, movie or tv related (he does all of those things, amazingly).



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I would be interested in hearing Mr. Brooks' feelings on his role as Hawk on the series "Spenser For Hire" and its short-lived spin-off "A Man Called Hawk." I recall reading an interview with him many years ago in which he stated he found the role stereotypical, but other fans of the Spenser novels and series have said they found it hard to believe he would say such a thing. Am I mistaken? Or has Mr. Brooks' feelings changed over the years?

Sent by Jason Frey | 3:48 PM | 12-5-2007

Wow, I'm sad that I don't get the second hour of NPR here (we get Day to Day instead).

I just finished reading Marozzi's bio-history of Timur, and I've been a fan of Brooks since Ds9.

Sent by Paul | 3:54 PM | 12-5-2007