Lincoln Center Theatre May Revive Laurents' Cuckoo w/ Debra Monk in Fall

News   Lincoln Center Theatre May Revive Laurents' Cuckoo w/ Debra Monk in Fall
 
Lincoln Center Theatre is considering a revival of Arthur Laurents 1952 play The Time of the Cuckoo. The production would take place in the fall, Laurents told Playbill On-Line, with Debra Monk in the lead role. Laurents' agent, Peter Franklin, confirmed the project was being discussed but said nothing was definite.

Lincoln Center Theatre is considering a revival of Arthur Laurents 1952 play The Time of the Cuckoo. The production would take place in the fall, Laurents told Playbill On-Line, with Debra Monk in the lead role. Laurents' agent, Peter Franklin, confirmed the project was being discussed but said nothing was definite.

Cuckoo looks at the romances of two Americans in Venice. One story has a young painter cheating on his wife with his landlady, while another plotline follows a Yankee spinster's relationship with a Venetian merchant.

The original production opened at the Empire Theatre on Oct. 15, 1952 and ran for 263 performances. Harold Clurman directed a cast led by Shirley Booth, who won a Tony Award for her performance. Laurents adapted the play for the screen. The movie, retitled "Summertime," starred Katherine Hepburn and Rosanno Brazzi, and was directed by David Lean.

Monk's agent could not confirm her involvement in the project. Monk was last seen at Lincoln Center Theatre in the revival of O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness!.

Laurents' other works include Home of the Brave, Jolson Sings Again (currently playing at NJ's George Street Playhouse), and the books for Gypsy and West Side Story.

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