Gaines, Monk, Seldes Participate in Dedication of New McNally Play at Williamstown, Aug. 11-22

News   Gaines, Monk, Seldes Participate in Dedication of New McNally Play at Williamstown, Aug. 11-22
Playwright Terrence McNally will see his new play Dedication premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival Aug. 11-22. Boyd Gaines, Debra Monk, Kellie Overbey, Darren Pettie, Larry Pine, R.E. Rodgers and Marian Seldes star.
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"It's a play about a couple who live in upstate New York. On the weekends, they run, manage and produce a small children's theatre which does things like Puss in Boots and Alice and Wonderland," the scribe told Playbill On-Line. "They are given an opportunity to take over an old abandoned, decaying theatre which was once on the vaudeville circuit. It was a theatre that Sarah Bernhardt played in and Oscar Wilde gave a lecture in. It has an illustrious past and the old lady who owns it is looking for a person to pass it on to and she's willing to pay for the renovation. And these people become candidates," explained McNally. He added that the play is about "what price they're willing to pay to have their own theatre."

McNally's breadth of work includes plays (Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!) as well as libretti (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spiderwoman). All four mentioned works earned him Tony Awards. Other works include Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune, The Full Monty, The Visit, Corpus Christi, The Lisbon Traviata, Andre’s Mother and Lips Together, Teeth Apart.

Gaines has won Tony Awards for The Heidi Chronicles, Contact and She Loves Me. Seldes last appeared on stage in Off-Broadway's Beckett/Albee. Pine has acted in The Seagull, The Designated Mourner and Bus Stop. Overbey is a veteran of Betty's Summer Vacation and Present Laughter.

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