Kathleen Chalfant Is Famous Matriarch Rose Kennedy in New Solo Show, Beginning Tonight

News   Kathleen Chalfant Is Famous Matriarch Rose Kennedy in New Solo Show, Beginning Tonight The Nora's Playhouse presents the story of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy in a new solo show titled Rose, which begins previews Off-Broadway Nov. 21. The world premiere is penned by Laurence Leamer and stars Tony nominee Kathleen Chalfant. 

Rose, helmed by Nora's artistic director Caroline Reddick Lawson, is scheduled to play through Dec. 13 at the Clurman at Theatre Row. An official opening night is scheduled for Nov. 29.

Kathleen Chalfant
Kathleen Chalfant

Chalfant, who received a Tony nomination for her performance in Angels in America, takes on the famous matriarch of the Kennedy political clan in the show. Here's how production notes bill the play: "[The] one-character drama is set in 1969 at the Kennedy’s Hyannis Port compound the week after Teddy’s fateful accident at Chappaquiddick. Rose struggles with all the tragedies the Kennedys have overcome and finds new understanding of the choices she made as well as those made by her husband and children...Rose takes the audience on a fascinating and unexpected journey with someone we think we know."

Leamer's play is inspired by real-life audio recordings Rose Kennedy made for her ghostwritten autobiography. Much of the show is also informed by Leamer's own books about the famous family, including "The Kennedy Women" and "The Kennedy Men: 1901-1963."

Watch a trailer for the play below:

Jane Greenwood designed the costumes with scene design/projections by Anya Klepikov, lighting by Caitlin Rapoport and sound design by Jane Shaw.

Nora's Playhouse is a theatre company dedicated to producing women's stories and nurturing the career of female artists. "Our women-centered mission results from a recognition that women are still woefully under-represented as directors, playwrights, artistic directors and managers for professional theatre, as well as the primary subject matter for scripts," states the company on its website.

The Clurman Theatre, Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd St. Click here to purchase tickets

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