Paul Birchard writes:
HOPKINS has led a life deeply committed to the arts, his work
intersecting with – and often illuminating – the
lives and work of many great writers, musicians and artists (in
addition to Tennessee Williams).
In my own career I’ve been privileged to work with a number
of very fine actors and directors, and of course I feel very fortunate
to have met and collaborated with Konrad.
The links below give some idea of how broad and deep all these
various connections are, and might also help you begin an exciting
search of your own – one that may nourish your creativity
and imagination, and bring greater joy and life to all who come
into contact with you.
so, then you’ll understand why I wanted to make
U & Me & Tennessee
the first place, and why I believe it is a truly important movie.
Is Marquerite Young?" and "Love
Song for An Author"
has been a Korngold devotee since he saw Max
Reinhardt’s enchanting movie production of A
Midsummer Night’s Dream – music
by Korngold - when he was a boy.
James T. Farrell
Konrad is an active supporter of the U.K. Shostakovich Society
and has been involved in the production of the documentary film
The Unknown Shostakovich.
The Czech composer is also
a great favorite of Konrad’s. If you read the story above,
you’ll also understand the essential importance of never
giving up in pursuit of your life’s goals.
Hopkins was the Graduate Teaching Assistant at
Florida State University – Tallahassee, in charge of keeping
the football team on ‘C’ averages. At that
time, Buddy Reynolds was the quarterback, but an
automobile accident ended
his pro football hopes. Konrad set him on the road
to becoming the superb actor/director he has become.
Sharp / Fiona Macleod
My heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill.
Sharp (1855-1905) was a remarkable writer for any
time, but especially for the 19th century, when he achieved
and acclaim writing not only under his own name,
but also as a woman – Fiona Macleod !
has worked steadily over many years to rekindle interest
in Sharp’s work – among other things commissioning
Alexander Stoddart to sculpt a bust of William Sharp for display
in Paisley, Scotland – Sharp’s birthplace.
Meher Baba in the UK
Birchard writes: I firmly believe that
Meher Baba is who he says he is.
"I have come not to teach,
but to awaken."