Michael Cristofer, <i>Rubicon</i> Michael Cristofer, Rubicon

There are renaissance men in this world, and then there's Michael Cristofer.

He's currently kicking keister on Rubicon as eccentric intelligence czar Truxton Spangler — a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a trench coat — but acting hasn't always been his thing. In fact, Cristofer is way better known as a playwright (he won the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony for "The Shadow Box") and film scribe (The Witches of Eastwick), and he's also an acclaimed director (his HBO movie Gia made Angelina Jolie world famous). Now he's penning his first opera, a tragedy about gay 1960s prizefighter Emile Griffith.

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