Burstyn Is Civil War Child Bride in Broadway's Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Oct. 31

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Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, starring Tony and Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn, begins performances on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre Oct. 31.

Ellen Burstyn in Oldest Living Confederate Widow.
Ellen Burstyn in Oldest Living Confederate Widow. Photo by Craig Schwartz

The solo work, which made its world premiere with the actress at San Diego's Globe Theatre earlier this year, will officially open Nov. 17. Don Scardino (A Few Good Men) directs.

Martin Tahse's adaptation of the Allan Garganus novel with the same title focuses on Lucy Marsden, a woman who marries a 50-year old Civil War veteran when she is only 15. The one woman drama chronicles the young bride, spanning the entire 99-year oral history of her life.

Burstyn won a Tony for her turn in Same Time, Next Year and her Oscar for the film "Alice Doesn't Live Her Anymore" — both in the same year (1975). Other stage credits include 84 Charing Cross Road, Shirley Valentine, Shimada, Sacrilege and Fair Game. Her other Oscar nominated roles include "The Last Picture Show," "The Exorcist," "Same Time, Next Year," "Resurrection" and, most recently, for "Requiem for a Dream."

The novel was also adapted for the small screen in 1994 with Diane Lane and Anne Bancroft playing the title role at different ages (14-61 and 99-100, respectively). Also in the cast were Donald Sutherland, Cicely Tyson, Blythe Danner, Gwen Verdon and Gurganus himself.

For tickets to Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, at the Longacre, 220 West 48th St., call (212) 239-6200 or click here.

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