American producers Anita Waxman and Elizabeth Williams — already on the record to bring the 2002 Donmar stagings of Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night to Broadway in spring 2003 — will bring two other Donmar specials to Off-Broadway in fall 2002. Waxman told Playbill On Line Nov. 30 that Christopher Hampton's Tales from Hollywood and David Mamet's Boston Marriage would hit New York by the end of 2002.
Both shows played the Donmar earlier this year, the Hampton in May and June, and the Mamet in March and April. The Hampton play will be cast anew in New York, but Waxman hopes to retain much of the London cast of Boston Marriage. One definite holdover will be star Zoe Wanamaker. The UK cast also included Anna Chancellor and Lyndsey Marshal.
Boston Marriage, which had its 1999 U.S. debut in Boston (appropriately), is an odd departure for man's man Mamet. The play is about the prickly and arch relationship between two Victorian era women, Clare and Anna, who live together. Mamet's wife, Rebecca Pidgeon, starred in the Boston staging.
Wanamaker has been seen in New York in Loot and Electra, the latter a Donmar affair.
In early 2000, the Mamet play seemed headed to New York, with reports that actress Sharon Stone was interested, but nothing came of the plans. In Tales of Hollywood, Hampton sends now forgotten 1930s German Hungarian writer Odon Von Horvath to Hollywood where he, and many other exiled European artists, fritter away their talent writing bad screenplays for the movie studios.
Hollywood was first seen at the Royal National Theatre in 1983. Ben Daniels starred in the Donmar revival.
Waxman said she and Williams would also move a few more Donmar properties in the future, but wouldn't say which, except that they were part of the upcoming 2002 season.
—By Robert Simonson