McGillis, Duffy, Lee, Pierson Are Greedy Brood in Pasadena Little Foxes, Opening May 29

News   McGillis, Duffy, Lee, Pierson Are Greedy Brood in Pasadena Little Foxes, Opening May 29 Kelly McGillis is scheming Regina Giddens, and Julia Duffy is sister-in-law Birdie Hubbard in Pasadena Playhouse's new production of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes opening May 29 after previews from May 22 in California.

The Little Foxes' Kelly McGillis
The Little Foxes' Kelly McGillis Photo by Craig Schwartz

McGillis is known for the film "Top Gun" and Broadway's Hedda Gabler, as well as classical roles around the country. Duffy starred in TV's "Newhart."

Dámaso Rodriguez, Pasadena Playhouse associate artistic director, directs the 1939 play about a Southern family's greedy ways.

The cast also includes Yvette Cason (original Broadway company of Dreamgirls) as Addie; Tony Award winner Cleavant Derricks (original Broadway company of Dreamgirls – Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical) as Cal; Shawn Lee (Furious Theatre Company's US Drag) as Leo Hubbard; Geoff Pierson as Horace Giddens (Broadway's Trick of the Trade opposite George C. Scott); Tom Schmid (Pasadena Playhouse's I Do! I Do! and Broadway's Annie Get Your Gun) as William Marshall; Marc Singer (The Taming of the Shrew – LADCC Award) as Oscar Hubbard; Rachel Sondag as Alexandra Giddens (Serendipity Theatre Company's girl, 20); and Steve Vinovich (original Broadway company of Lost in Yonkers) as Benjamin Hubbard.

According to Playhouse notes, "Greed knows no time or place is an adage that holds true in 2009 as much as it did in 1900. In The Little Foxes, Hellman masterfully crafts a tale of family politics and corporate greed that is at once dizzyingly deceptive while being devilishly fun. The Hubbards can only be described as ravenous — a family with an uncanny ability to manipulate each other in ways that rival the mega-corporations of today."

Director Rodriguez stated, "Our production will not be a traditionally realistic one. I'm struck by how this play couldn't be any more timely — like it was written last week! We'll stick to the setting: 1900, Demopolis, Alabama but I want to strip it of some of its 'wealth,' literally. I'm intrigued by the sense of menace in Hellman's characters, and how they (and all of us) are genetically coded to grasp for all they can. Which makes the Hubbard's backstabbing behavior more troubling and timely: it's not a matter of 'Good vs. Evil,' but 'Survival of the Fittest' — this is who we are." The creative team includes Gary Wissmann (scenic design), Mary Vogt (costume design), Dan Jenkins (lighting design), Michael Hooker (sound design), Joel Goldes (dialect coach), Michael Donovan (casting), Lea Chazin (production stage manager) and Hethyr Verhoef (assistant stage manager).

The Little Foxes is presented by arrangement with Graham Agency, New York. The production originally opened on Broadway in 1939 at the National Theatre and starred Tallulah Bankhead as Regina Giddens. The play is also known as an opera, Regina.

Performances will play to June 28. Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA.

Visit www.Pasadenaplayhouse.org.

Julia Duffy, Marc Singer, Kelly McGillis and Steve Vinovich in <i>The Little Foxes</i>
Julia Duffy, Marc Singer, Kelly McGillis and Steve Vinovich in The Little Foxes Photo by Craig Schwartz