Additional Cast Announced for On Golden Pond Starring James Earl Jones and Diahann Carroll; Tix Now On Sale

News   Additional Cast Announced for On Golden Pond Starring James Earl Jones and Diahann Carroll; Tix Now On Sale
 
Linda Powell, Peter Francis James, Craig Bockhorn and Alexander Mitchell will join Tony Award-winners Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones in the new staging of On Golden Pond this fall in Washington, DC.

Jeffrey Finn Production presents the revival of Ernest Thompson's family-reunion play, about a daughter and father clashing at the family's Maine summer cottage as signs of his deteriorating mind are starting to show.

Performances play the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theatre Sept. 28-Oct. 17. Tickets went on sale to the public Aug. 11.

Leonard Foglia (Master Class) directs.

Powell, seen in Broadway's Wilder, Wilder, Wilder and the New York premieres of Jar the Floor and Omnium Gatherum, will play daughter Chelsea to Jones' retired-professor Norman, whose wife, Ethel (played by Carroll) stands by her "knight in shining armor." Powell is the daughter of Secretary of State Colin Powell.

James, seen last season in Drowing Crow at the Biltmore Theatre and as Caeser in the world premiere of Gem of the Ocean, is Chelsea's new beau, Bill. Bockhorn (Broadway's Prelude to a Kiss, The Lonesome West) is Maine local Charlie. Alexander Mitchell, who was Travis in the recent A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway, will play Bill's rebellious young son, Billy. The bond between Norman and Billy prompts Chelsea to face past, buried issues with her father.

The fall presentation was originally announced as a staged reading, but the run blossomed into a full staging. Opening night is Oct. 2.

Jones (Fences, The Great White Hope) is set to play aging professor Norman Thayer, whose mind is slipping at age 79, and Carroll (No Strings, House of Flowers, Sunset Blvd.) takes on a role immortalized on film by Katharine Hepburn.

Thompson's play had its Broadway premiere in a Hudson Guild Theatre staging in 1979 at the New Apollo Theatre (it moved there from Off-Broadway, where it premiered in fall 1978). Frances Sternhagen was Tony Award nominated for playing Ethel opposite Tom Aldredge. Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn played the roles on film, both snagging Oscars. In a recent live TV staging, Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer played the roles.

Jones and Carroll reunite for the first time since they starred in the 1974 film, "Claudine," for which they both earned Golden Globe nominations and Carroll earned an Academy Award nomination.

Jones' varied film, TV and stage career includes work as the voice of Darth Vader in the "Star Wars" series. He is widely seen as a spokesman for Verizon. Carroll is currently starring in a new staging of Bubbling Brown Sugar for Atlanta's Theatre of the Stars. She played Norma Desmond in Sunset Blvd. in Toronto and is remembered for her groundbreaking work in the TV series "Dynasty" and "Julia."

On Golden Pond's designers will be Ray Klausen (set), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Brian Nason (lighting) and Dan Moses Schreier (sound and original music).

The performance schedule for On Golden Pond will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 PM & 8 PM. Tickets are currently only available through subscriptions to The Kennedy Center.

For ticket information, call (800) 444-1324 or visit the official website for The Kennedy Center at www.kennedy center.org.

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The acclaimed 1981 film version of the play also starred Jane Fonda and Dabney Coleman as Chelsea and Bill, and was nominated for nine 1982 Academy Awards, winning three — for Henry Fonda, Hepburn and author Ernest Thompson (who adapted the screenplay). For his screenplay, Thompson also won Golden Globe and Writers Guild of America awards.

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