April 26th, 2011 | Uncategorized

Paul Giamatti ’89 DRA ’94 reminisces upon receiving “Louis”

Lupe Fiasco and Third Eye Blind weren’t the only celebrities in town Tuesday.

Though Spring Fling is what was on most undergraduates’ minds, the University Theatre was full at 4 p.m. for a talk from Paul Giamatti ’89 DRA ’94, the first recipient of the Mory’s “Louis Award.”

Giamatti spoke on a variety of topics, which ranged from his early life in New Haven and Mory’s to his appearances on The Daily Show. He reminisced about his experiences acting in “The Love of Three Oranges” and “Peer Gynt” while at Yale and spoke about how his parents met through a Yale drama production when his father was an undergraduate in the Yale Dramatic Association, while his mother attended the Drama School

The event concluded with an audience question and answer session during which Giamatti explained how he ended up in film after school, his education at the Foote School, and his support of the Red Sox.

Following his talk at the University Theater, Giamatti was presented with his “Louis” at a Mory’s reception.

The Louis Award is named after Louis Linder, the first proprietor of Mory’s, and is awarded to Yale graduates who excel outside the Yale walls.