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LOCARNO, SWITZERLAND - AUGUST 08: Actress Mia Farrow attends the 67th Locarno Film Festival on August 7, 2014 in Locarno, Switzerland. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
LOCARNO, SWITZERLAND - AUGUST 08: Mia Farrow receves the Leopard Club Award during the 67th Locarno CFilm Festival on August 8, 2014 in Locarno, Switzerland. (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)
LOCARNO, SWITZERLAND - AUGUST 08: Mia Farrow receves the Leopard Club Award during the 67th Locarno CFilm Festival on August 8, 2014 in Locarno, Switzerland. (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas (R) and US actress Mia Farrow pose during the fifth edition of the Starlite Charity Gala in Marbella on August 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ JORGE GUERRERO (Photo credit should read Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Actress Mia Farrow UNICEF Goodwill ambassador gives press conference on her visit to the Central African Republic at United Nations on July 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/WireImage)
Mia Farrow, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, speaks to the media about her visit to the Central African Republic July 22, 2014 at United Nations headquarters in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Mia Farrow delivers a pess conference during a visit to an Amazonic area affected by pollution created by US oil company Chevron, in Lago Agrio, Aguarico, Ecuador, on January 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO/JUAN CEVALLOS (Photo credit should read JUAN CEVALLOS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Mia Farrow visits an Amazonic area affected by pollution created by US oil company Chevron, in Lago Agrio, Aguarico, Ecuador, on January 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO/JUAN CEVALLOS (Photo credit should read JUAN CEVALLOS/AFP/Getty Images)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 14: US actress and Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF Mia Farrow speaks during a press conference about the reports on her mission to the Central African Republic at the United Nations European headquarters on November 14, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. Farrow urged the international community on Thursday to take urgent action to stem violence in the Central African Republic. (Photo by Murat Unlu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Actress Mia Farrow attends the 2013 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images)
FILE - This Jan. 28, 2014 file photo shows U.S. actress Mia Farrow at Lago Agrio airport, before she flies to the Aguarico field in the Ecuadorean Amazonia region, Aguarico, Ecuador. Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, penned an emotional open letter, accusing Hollywood of callously lionizing Allen, who she claims abused her. The letter revived in stunning detail an allegation more than two decades old. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa, File)
U.S. actress Mia Farrow picks up debris covered with oil during a visit to the Aguarico field in the Ecuadorean Amazonia region, Aguarico, Ecuador, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Farrow is in Ecuador to support government's campaign against the multinational oil company Chevron Corp., which has been fighting in multiple courts on three continents litigation that began two decades ago for contamination caused by a Texaco-led consortium in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest between 1972 and 1990. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
North-american actress Mia Farrow talks with people during a visit to the Aguarico field in the Ecuadorean Amazonia region, Aguarico, Ecuador, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Farrow is in Ecuador to support government's campaign against the multinational oil company Chevron Corp., which has been fighting in multiple courts on three continents litigation that began two decades ago for contamination caused by a Texaco-led consortium in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest between 1972 and 1990. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
U.S. actress Mia Farrow waves from the balcony of the Ecuadorian presidential palace, during the weekly changing of the guard ceremony in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Farrow is in Ecuador to support the Ecuadorian government's campaign against multinational oil companies that have polluted the Amazonian rainforest. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Actress and UN Goodwill ambassador Mia Farrow, speaks during a Press conference, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Farrow appealed to the international community to help Syrian refugees particularly women and children, who she said face a "dire situation" after fleeing the relentless fighting in their country. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Actress Mia Farrow is seen in this image taken from TV at the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in Leidschendam, Netherlands, Monday, Aug. 9, 2010. Farrow has told the Charles Taylor war crimes trial that fashion model Naomi Campbell confided she had been sent a "huge diamond" by the former Liberian ruler in 1997. Farrow appears to contradict Campbell's evidence last week. Campbell told the court on Friday she was given several small stones by unknown men. If Farrow's Monday account is true, it would dent Taylor's denials of any involvement with illicit diamonds. The court did not give permission to take photos of Mia Farrow inside the courtroom. (AP Photo/Special Tribunal for Sierra Leone, Via APTN) ** TV OUT **
Actress Mia Farrow smiles during the University of Connecticut's School of Fine Arts commencement ceremony in Storrs, Conn., Saturday, May 7, 2011. Farrow received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Actress Mia Farrow receives an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at University of Connecticut's School of Fine Arts commencement ceremony in Storrs, Conn., Saturday, May 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, US actress Mia Farrow is welcomed by a group of Karimojong women, Thursday, July 15, 2010, by dressing her in traditional cloth and ornaments, in the far north west of Uganda during her tour of the country . The dry and sparsely populated region is a constant hot spot due to cattle raiding between the Karamojong tribes, that also regularly draws in the Ugandan Peoples Defense Forces creating a hostile environment in which especially children and mothers are at extreme risk.(AP Photo/Marc Hofer)
Actress and UN Goodwill ambassador Mia Farrow speaks during a news conference near the Chinese Mission Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008 in New York. Darfur activists highlighted the Olympics in an open letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao condemning Beijing's support for Sudan's government. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Actress Mia Farrow watches as torches are carried in Lafayette Park in front of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, as activists, faith leaders and genocide survivors, take part in a torch relay in support of Darfur, marking International Human Rights Day. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
Hollywood actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow center accompanied by women from Srebrenica walks among the grave stones of Srebrenica victims of 1995 massacre of up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys during her visit Memorial Center Potocari near Srebrenica 120 kms northeast of Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Hollywood actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow center accompanied by women from Srebrenica walks among the grave stones of Srebrenica victims of 1995 massacre of up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys during her visit Memorial Center Potocari near Srebrenica 120 kms northeast of Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)
FILE - Wearing a "Save Darfur" hat, actress Mia Farrow, joins a protest against the bloodshed in Darfur in front of the White House on April 29, 2007, in Washington. Farrow will turn 65 on Feb. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Die U.S.amerikanische Schauspielerin und UNICEF-Botschafterin Mia Farrow nimmt am Donnerstag 29. November 2007 in Berlin an einer Veranstaltung gegen die Menschenrechtsverletzungen in Darfur teil. (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski) --- U.S. actress Mia Farrow takes part in a protest against the violation of human rights in Darfur in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski)
U.S. actress Mia Farrow poses for a portrait in a cafe in Berlin, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007. During an interview, Farrow talked about the violation of human rights in Darfur. (AP Photo/Franka Bruns)
** FILE ** Mia Farrow claps hands, as she listens to songs from homeless children, at the Voices From The Heart center for street children in Bangui, the capital city of Central African Republic, in a Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007 photo. After starting an Olympic-style torch relay through countries that have suffered genocide, Mia Farrow on Friday, August 24, 2007 pressed China, the host of the 2008 games, to help end abuses in the Darfur region. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, file)
U.S. actress Mia Farrow gives a child Polio vaccination drops in the town of Birao, situated around 55 kilometers (34 miles) from the border with Sudan, Central African Republic, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007. U.S. actress Mia Farrow began a weeklong tour Saturday of Central African Republic saying she wanted to draw attention _ and aid _ to one of the world's most forgotten crises. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
U.S. actress Mia Farrow greets a woman in the town of Birao, situated around 55 kilometers (34 miles) from the border with Sudan, in Central African Republic, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007. U.S. actress Mia Farrow began a weeklong tour Saturday of Central African Republic saying she wanted to draw attention _ and aid _ to one of the world's most forgotten crises. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Actress Mia Farrow arrives to the premiere of her new movie "Arthur and the Invisibles," Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, in New York. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
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NEW YORK (AP) - Acting on Broadway is hardly a vacation, but if you're Mia Farrow, it just might be. Her day job these days, after all, is speaking out about genocide and atrocities.

Farrow, 69, has taken a break from international horrors to return to Broadway for the first time in 16 years to perform in A.R. Gurney's play "Love Letters," in which two would-be lovers read aloud letters exchanged over a lifetime.

Farrow, whose screen credits include "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Purple Rose of Cairo," says she's been so focused on Syria, Haiti, Gaza, Sudan, Chad, the Central African Republic, Congo and the Darfur region that she often forgets she's an actress.

She'll star with Brian Dennehy and then a rotating cast will continue the work, including Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg, Anjelica Huston and Martin Sheen. Gregory Mosher is directing.

The play arrives on Broadway a month after Woody Allen's musical "Bullets Over Broadway" shuttered, as if the Great White Way couldn't host both at the same time. Both she and her ex-partner revisited a bitter chapter earlier this year when her daughter Dylan Farrow renewed molestation allegations against Allen.

Farrow took time to talk to The Associated Press by phone from her Connecticut home to answer questions about her activism, the play and who pushed her into returning to acting.

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AP: How were you lured back to Broadway?

Farrow: I think it's an exquisite play. It's unique and I find it very powerful. It only takes a month of my time. The beauty of it is that different people will be reading the letters. In the absence of staging, and costumes and the razzle-dazzle that we sometimes associated with Broadway, this is all about the simplicity and power of these letters.

AP: Do you plan on memorizing the letters?

Farrow: No. In fact, the author specifically says there's no need for memorizing or rehearsal. I mean, I know the content of the letters obviously well and I've read the play many times. It shouldn't be that you have it down pat.

AP: Do you draw on any personal memories to play this part?

Farrow: These are two very specific kinds of people. They're distinct characters. So I didn't feel that I had any experience that replicated the person I'm playing.

AP: Were you at all put off being on Broadway because Allen has been there the past few years?

Farrow: No, not at all. It never crossed my mind. Of course not. No, I'm just excited to be working with Gregory Mosher again and doing a play that I love. That's all.

AP: How do you balance international affairs with acting?

Farrow: Basically, I don't. I'm hardly an actress at all. When I'm reading, it's something about those regions. This is stepping out of it for a month. Like a vacation, if you will.

AP: You've become one of our moral voices. Is that hard to live up to?

Farrow: I've done my best. Other people do a lot better. I think it's when you lay down to die, you can say, "I tried." You can find that on my Twitter handle: "I'm trying." I'll feel OK about my life if I can, in all honesty, feel that I've done that.

AP: What do your kids think of your return to performing?

Farrow: My son Ronan keeps urging me to go back to acting. I totally forget about it. Somebody will stop me at the market about seeing me and I'll go, "Oh my God. That's right. I did do that movie."

AP: Why does he want you to act again?

Farrow: He has a lot of respect for people who can act. He likes the work that I've done. He's looked at it since he's been an adult and he just says, "You should be doing this. This is something you can do." He also thinks this is awfully intense for me - my focus on genocide and mass atrocities and injustices. He thinks it would be really good for me to hang out with fellow actors and lighten up and have a better life.

AP: Is he right?

Farrow: I have a different perspective of that. I'm actually at peace with myself. I'm a very, very happy person. And I have good friendships. And I actually forget that I ever acted.

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