Academy Award winner Faye Dunaway, who starred in the national tour of Terrence McNally's Master Class, still hopes to bring the Tony-winning play to the silver screen. In the current issue of Interview Magazine, Dunaway says that playwright McNally has rewritten the script, and it has "some fantastic stuff in it." Dunaway also reveals that Warren Beatty has been helping her to bring the project — about Maria Callas' legendary Juilliard master classes — to the screen. "It's no easy task to make a movie out of it," said Dunaway.
Master Class opened at Broadway's John Golden Theatre on Nov. 5, 1995, starring Zoe Caldwell as the famed opera diva and Karen Kay Cody, Audra McDonald and Jay Hunter Morris as three of her master class attendees. Caldwell and McDonald both won Tonys for their performances; Caldwell was succeeded in the demanding role by Patti LuPone — who also took the play to London — and Dixie Carter. Dunaway headed the tour of the play, and she received Chicago's Sarah Siddons Society Award for her performance.
Dunaway, who co-stars in the just-released film "The Rules of Attraction," won an Academy Award for her work in the 1976 movie "Network." She also received Oscar nominations for her performances in "Chinatown" and "Bonnie and Clyde." On Broadway the acclaimed actress was seen in A Man for All Seasons, After the Fall, But for Whom Charlie, The Changeling and The Curse of an Aching Heart.