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benefit for the National Actors Theatre. It was first announced around the time he was fighting to get his voice back after losing a vocal chord due to cancer. A voice teacher helped him recov- er, but he grew nervous on stage during the performance. “Before the show, everybody told me I had a voice,” he re- called. “The guys all said don’t worry about it, but before Oscar comes on there are four poker players getting big laughs with normal voices. I come out and say my first line and I was feel- ing confident and then I heard them moving in their seats. I thought, oh my God, they can’t hear me. How in the hell am I going to get through these next two hours? And I hated every- body! Oh, I was so mad at them, but about a minute and a half later I had a line after ‘what do you have to eat?’ I said ‘brown sandwiches and green sand- wiches.’ They said what’s the green? I said it’s either very new cheese or very old meat... And Scenes from The Value of Names Photos by T. Charles Erickson NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 5 INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 110