Actress Glenn Close is set to return to the Broadway stage for the first time in 20 years in a revival of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama A Delicate Balance, alongside John Lithgow.
Close and Lithgow will portray a married couple trying to keep their sanity during a dysfunctional family reunion. Martha Plimpton, Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins and Lindsay Duncan will also star in the play, which will be directed by Tony-award winner Pam MacKinnon.
The production will begin its limited run at the Shubert's Golden Theatre in October (14). A Delicate Balance first hit the stage in 1966 and starred real-life couple Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. Albee picked up the Pulitzer Prize for the drama in 1967.
The Tony Award winner is keen to recreate the role of Martha in the tense Edward Albee play, and she'd like Douglas to play her character's professor husband George onstage.
She tells InStyle magazine, "Michael and I often talk about doing Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? onstage. Wouldn't that be great? Really ragging on each other. Loud. Rip each other apart. No one wants to see us in something romantic. That would be corny. But to see us in something vicious? Something ugly? Definitely!"
The latest Broadway revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opened last month (Oct12), with actor Tracy Letts and Tony Award nominee Amy Morton among the leads.
The Albee play was adapted for the screen in the mid-1960s and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton led the cast.
Playwright Edward Albee is recovering after undergoing open-heart surgery this summer (12).
The Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? author was advised by doctors earlier this year (12) to add his name to a waiting list for a new organ due to his declining health, and in June (12) he was offered a second chance at life.
But the 84-year-old Tony winner admits he was skeptical of the procedure at first.
He tells New York Magazine, "I knew my body was getting weaker and I knew I was going to have to have something done. And they finally said to me, 'Edward, you need open-heart surgery.' When they rip your chest open and do all sorts of silly stuff to it.
"And my reaction to that was, 'What will happen if I don't?' 'You'll probably die in a year.' 'Oh, then I guess there's no choice.'"
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Acting legend MARIAN SELDES is to receive a lifetime achievement honour at this year's (10) Tony Awards. The 81 year old will receive the prize at the annual ceremony, which recognises achievements in American theatre, in New York on 13 June (10). Seldes previously won Tony gold in 1967 for her role in the original production of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance.
A former member of Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre troupe, Ford was a regular leading light on Broadway throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
She won rave reviews for role in plays like No Exit, Dinner at Eight and Requiem for a Nun, in which she co-starred with her husband, Zachary Scott.
Her longtime home in the Dakota building was a gathering spot for her many artist and writer friends, including Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and Edward Albee, according to the New York Times.
Born in Mississippi, she arrived in New York in the 1930s and found work as a model for photographers Cecil Beaton and Man Ray.
In 1938, Ford joined Welles’ Mercury Theatre group and made her Broadway debut the same year in Shoemaker’s Holiday.
She moved to Hollywood in 1941 and went on to appear in films like Wilson, The Woman Who Came Back and Murder on the Waterfront.
Had yet another unsuccessful Broadway experience with "The Man Who Had Three Arms", starring Robert Drivas
"Three Tall Women", which traced events in the life of his adoptive mother, premiered in Vienna; staged in Woodstock, New York in 1992 and became an Off-Broadway hit in 1994
Received third Pulitzer Prize for "Three Tall Women"
After high school, worked at radio station WNYC writing continuity for programs
Adopted by the Albee family
Sent to boarding schools
Returned to the New York theater after a five-year absence with "The Lady From Dubuque"
"Tiny Alice" premiered in NYC to mixed reviews; starred John Geilgud and Irene Worth
Premiered "Marriage Play" in Vienna; later produced at Houston's Alley Theater in 1992 and in NYC at the Signature Theater in 1993
Broadway revival of "A Delicate Balance" became a hit and won a Tony
Premiered "The Death of Bessie Smith" in Berlin; staged in NYC in 1961
Born in Washington, DC; given up for adoption by birth mother
Raised in the New York City area
Both "A Delicate Balance" (with Maggie Smith and Eileen Atkins) and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?" (with David Suchet and Diana Rigg) produced in London
Had a season devoted to his works at the Signature Theater in NYC
Stage directing debut with "The Zoo Story"
Premiere of "The Play About the Baby" in London; Albee directed staging at the Alley Theater in 2000 and Off-Broadway in 2001
Film version of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?" made; directed by Mike Nichols; script adapted by Ernest Lehman; actresses Elizabeth Taylor and Sandy Dennis won Oscars for performances; Richard Burton and George Segal received Academy Award nominations
Broadway directing debut with "Seascape", his Pulitzer-winning drama about a middle-aged couple who encounter a pair of lizard-like sea creatures; critics reviled the production which closed after a brief run
Breakthrough play, the scorching look at marriage, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?"; opened on Broadway with Uta Hagen and Arthur Hill in leading roles
Penned the stage adaptation of Vladimir Nobokov's novel "Lolita"; production starred Blanche Baker and Donald Sutherland
At age 12, reportedly wrote first play, a sex farce called "Aliqueen"; no copies are extant
Completed first surviving play, "Schism"; produced at Choate
Award winning play "The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?" about a man who is in love with a goat, opens on Broadway
First produced play, "The Zoo Story"; premiered in Berlin; opened in NYC in 1960 with George Maharis and William Daniels in the cast, performed on a double bill Off-Broadway with Samuel Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape"
Solo screenwriting credit, the film adaptation of his own play "A Delicate Balance"
Received praise for drama "All Over"
Adapted the Carson McCullers novella "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe" for the stage
Received first Pulitzer Prize for "A Delicate Balance"; characters loosely based on his parents and his maternal aunt
adoptive father; born in 1885; adopted Albee on February 1, 1929; had been married and divorced prior to his March 12, 1925 wedding to Frances Cotter; died in August 1961
adoptive mother; married Reed Albee on March 12, 1925; adopted Albee on February 1, 1929; died in 1989 at age 92; was the inspiration for characters in several Albee plays, most notably "Three Tall Women"
adoptive grandfather; Albee was named after him; operated the Keith-Albee circuit of vaudeville theaters
died in 1940
Albee reportedly modeled the character of Claire in "A Delicate Balance" on her
born on August 14, 1923; together from 1952 until 1959, when Albee left him for Terrence McNally
birth mother; claimed that Albee's father had abandoned her before his birth, which was one of the reasons she put him up for adoption