Peccadillo Explores Hellman's Another Part of the Forest Off-Broadway, Starting June 4

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Peccadillo Theater Company presents Another Part of the Forest, the prequel to Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, beginning June 4 at the Theatre at St. Clement's.
Stephanie Wright Thompson
Stephanie Wright Thompson

Peccadillo artistic director Dan Wackerman directs Hellman's 1946 work, which debuted after The Little Foxes, but explores the earlier lives of the Hubbard clan. Another Part of the Forest will open June 7 and play a limited engagement through July 3.

The Southern-set work features Sherman Howard, Elizabeth Norment, Matthew Floyd Miller, Stephanie Wright Thompson, Ben Curtis, Kendall Rileigh, Christopher Kelly, Ryah Nixon, Christopher Lukas, Perri Gaffney, Anthony Wills Jr. and Oliver Buckingham.

Peccadillo, which devotes its programming to revivals of American classics, describes the work as telling "the story of the most 'dysfunctional' family in all of American drama- the notorious Hubbards — wealthy, ruthless, and immoral — and their rise to prominence."

Another Part of the Forest has scenic design by Joseph Spirito, costume design by Amy C. Bradshaw and lighting design by Kate Ashton.

"Peccadillo's production of Another Part of the Forest will keep the play in its proper time and place [Bowden, Alabama ca. 1880], but steer away from the 'kitchen sink' realism often associated with Hellman's plays," Wackerman said in a statement. "By simplifying the elements of the physical production, a skeletal reproduction of an ante-bellum mansion, for example, and costuming that recreates the Victorian silhouette but eliminates fussy detail, we hope to emphasize the universal and timeless aspects of the play- the psychological dynamics which make this family drama as relevant today as when it was written." Another Part of the Forest debuted on Broadway in 1946, following The Little Foxes, which premiered in 1939. Patricia Neal earned a Tony Award for her performance as Regina Hubbard. Hellman directed the production that featured a score by Marc Blitztein.

For tickets phone (212) 352-3101 or visit Peccadillo. The Theatre at St. Clement's is located at 423 West 46th Street.

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