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Q&A: Mandy Patinkin on Yiddish and the CIA

Mandy Patinkin has yet to meet a medium he cannot conquer. He first hit national prominence as Che Guevara opposite Patti LuPone’s Eva Perón in the Broadway production of “Evita,” for which he won a Tony Award. His film credits include “The Princess Bride,” in which he uttered the iconic lines: “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to Die.” Among his many recordings is “Mamaloshen,” an all-Yiddish album that includes his own translations of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and “God Bless America.”

Patinkin’s latest role is in the Showtime series “Homeland” as Saul Berenson, a CIA agent and mentor to Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes). The show is an American adaptation of the Israeli series “Prisoners of War.” Patinkin will also appear in “An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin,” which begins a limited run on Broadway starting November 16. He spoke to The Arty Semite about playing a Jewish CIA agent, performing with LuPone and how director Joseph Papp made him sing in Yiddish.

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