Robert Redford reminisced about his own rough times onstage as he spoke at the New York Theater Workshop Monday night for the Sundance Institute’s inaugural Gotham benefit for its legit program.
The night began with Denis O’Hare’s solo show, “An Iliad,” and was followed by a Bowery Hotel dinner.
“I did four shows on Broadway,” the Sundance founder recalled. “The first one was ‘The Highest Tree’ in 1959. I was living hand to mouth with a pregnant wife.
“I remember opening night at Sardi’s. They read the Times review: ‘”The Highest Tree” was nothing but a shrub.’ I ate alone because everybody split so fast.”
Meanwhile Redford’s preparing “All Is Lost” for J.C. Chandor. “It was irresistible,” he said, “so different and bold. There’s no dialogue — that’s all I’ll say.”