Anthony Heald, actor
David Leisner, guitar

Friday, November 10, 2023 - 7:30 PM
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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$30.00 per ticket

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About This Performance

Stars of the stage and screen, actor Heald and acclaimed guitarist Leisner offer an evening of Shakespeare and the guitar, with readings from the plays and sonnets interspersed with music. A veteran of the Oregon and California Shakespeare Festivals, Heald is best known for his performance as the Doctor in Silence of the Lambs and his popular television roles on The Practice and Boston Public.

Such stuff as dreams are made on...
Program includes readings from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, interspersed with music by Dowland, Bach, Schubert, Villa-Lobos, Britten, and Leisner.

Running time: 1 hour (There will not be an intermission.) 

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The Artist(s)

Anthony Heald
Anthony Heald, actor
Anthony Heald is an American character actor known for portraying Hannibal Lecter's jailer, Dr. Frederick Chilton, in The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon, and for playing assistant principal Scott Guber in David E. Kelley's Boston Public. Heald also had a recurring role as Judge Cooper on Kelley's The Practice and Boston Legal. He had a prominent role as a troubled psychic in the classic The X-Files episode, … Read More
David Leisner
David Leisner, guitar
David Leisner is an extraordinarily versatile musician with a multi-faceted career as a performing artist, composer, and teacher. “Among the finest guitarists of all time”, according to American Record Guide, David Leisner’s career began auspiciously with top prizes in both the 1975 Toronto and 1981 Geneva International Guitar Competitions. His recent seasons have taken him around the US,… Read More


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