Lynn Redgrave will air family secrets in her new play, The Mandrake Root, making its world premiere at the Long Wharf Theatre Jan. 31 March 11, 2001. Intiman Theatre artistic director Warner Shook (The Kentucky Cycle) directs.
In Mandrake Root, Redgrave becomes Rose Randall, the matriarch of a great family, as she observes her own daughter Sally and Sally's teenaged daughter Kate. Around Rose, she has crafted a story of betrayal, sex and family errors revealed populated by six other as yet uncast actors. The character she plays, Redgrave admits, is much based on her mother, the British actress Rachel Kempson.
One of five generations of actors in the Redgrave family, Lynn Redgrave has already visited her family on stage with her Tony-nominated one woman show, Shakespeare for My Father. Other theatre work has included the Tony-nominated Mrs. Warren's Profession, Black Comedy, Aren't We All and Moon Over Buffalo. She was recently nominated for an Academy Award for "Gods and Monsters," her second such honor after being tapped for playing the title role in "Georgy Girl."
Mandrake Root was originally to have premiered at the Intiman Theatre in Sept. 2000 but was canceled because of Redgrave's schedule.
Redgrave's show joins the Long Wharf season which already includes Richard Wilbur's translation and the American premiere of Moliere's The Bungler, Charles L. Mee's Humana Festival hit, Big Love, 2000 Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies' The Model Apartment, a reworking of Charles Strouse's musical, Golden Boy, the world premiere of Modern Orthodox, a new play from Adam Baum and the Jew Movie's Daniel Goldfarb, the world premiere of Joe Sutton's The Third Army and Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. -- By Christine Ehren