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November 30, 2007
Actor at work

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Sometimes I interview people who give me much more material than I can use in a story. I’d like to think it’s because I ask such good questions, but it’s probably more that these people have a lot to say or they’re just great talkers.

Actor David Silberman is a great talker who has a lot to say. (Check out my story on him - in today's issue of Weekend Ticket - and see a great video on him by The Bee's Andy Alfaro, by clicking here.

On working steadily in a very tough business, Silberman says he’s gotten a few breaks.

“I’ve been able to go from job to job and situation to situation,” Silberman says.
“There’ve been some fallow times in there, which all actors experience, but I’ve been really lucky in a profession where, at any point in time, 90 percent of the union members are unemployed.

"I consider myself really lucky that I’ve been able to carve out a living over a number of decades, doing what I really love doing.”

Other people also had a lot to say about Silberman, including former Sacramento Theatre Company artistic director Mark Cuddy.

“He’s wonderful to have in a production because he not only plays his character in a role, but the role his character plays in the whole thing. He understands that,” Cuddy explains.

“Craft-wise, he has a sensational sense of timing and he’s a very empathic character. He has a big heart. He really shows love for other characters when that’s appropriate on stage. That’s a hard one and he does it without being sentimental, too.”

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