Mercedes Ruehl and Anthony LaPaglia Headline L.A. Theatre Works Broadcast of The Rose Tattoo

News   Mercedes Ruehl and Anthony LaPaglia Headline L.A. Theatre Works Broadcast of The Rose Tattoo
Tony Award winners Mercedes Ruehl and Anthony LaPaglia will be heard in a broadcast of Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo, part of L.A. Theatre Works' Radio Theatre Series, beginning Oct. 16.

The broadcast will be aired on Southern California radio station 89.3 KPCC beginning at 10 PM PT on Oct. 16, and can be streamed on demand at L.A. Theatre Works' radio series is also heard on other radio stations throughout the country; check local listings.

The cast of the broadcast will also include Emily Bergl, MarieClare Costello, Tim Dekay, Brent Hinkley, Carol Locatell, Kate Mulligan, Antonia Rey, Peggy Roeder, Vincent Schiavelli and Claudette Sutherland.

According to LATW notes, "Tennessee Williams’ play tells the story of an Italian-American widow in Louisiana who has allowed herself to withdraw from the world after her husband's death, and expects her daughter to do the same."

The broadcast will also include a piece on the Italians of the Gulf Coast with Anthony Margavio, author of "Bread and Respect: The Italians of Louisiana," as well as an interview with Williams biographer Kenneth Holditch, who will discuss Williams' life during the time of The Rose Tattoo.

The Rose Tattoo premiered on Broadway in 1951, winning the Tony Award for Best Play as well as awards for actors Maureen Stapleton and Eli Wallach and scenic designer Boris Aronson. Anna Magnani won an Academy Award for the 1955 film version. Ruehl and LaPaglia starred in a 1995 revival at Circle in the Square Theatre.

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