Summer 2011

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Lily Rabe
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Lily Rabe: Acting Her Age

Six years after graduating from Northwestern, Lily Rabe (C04) shared a Broadway stage with Al Pacino, above, when they starred in The Merchant of Venice in its Broadway run at the Public Theater until February. They also starred in the Shakespeare in the Park production last summer. The New York Times called Rabe’s Portia a “smashing breakout performance.” Rabe also attended Sundance in January for her starring role in Letters from the Big Man. She also appeared in All Good Things, which came out last December. On the small screen she has a recurring role on the CBS series The Good Wife and recently filmed a pilot for the show Exit Strategy. “I’m loving what I’m doing now,” she said. “I’m running around shooting guns. I’ve never done anything with this much action.” Rabe has been around the theater since a young age. She acted alongside her mother, Jill Clayburgh, who died last November after an influential acting career. Her father, David Rabe, is a Tony Award–winning playwright.