Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: August 22

Playbill Vault   Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: August 22
Cicely Tyson and Peter Gallagher in The Corn in Green.
Cicely Tyson and Peter Gallagher in The Corn in Green.

1922 Theoni V. Aldredge, one of Broadway's foremost costume designers of the late 20th century, is born today in Greece. Included among her dozens of Broadway projects will be A Chorus Line, Annie, Ballroom, 42nd Street, Barnum, Dreamgirls, and La Cage aux Folles.

1983 Cicely Tyson stars with Peter Gallagher as a tutor in rural Wales in a revival of Emlyn Williams' The Corn Is Green at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

1989 A.R. Gurney's Love Letters opens at the Promenade Theatre Off-Broadway. The play is written as a series of love letters between one Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and one Melissa Gardner from the time of their childhood up to her death. Due to the simplicity in the staging of the peace (two actors sitting at tables reading letters back and forth), the cast changes from one set of stars to another, week by week. This first week, John Rubinstein is Andrew and Stockard Channing is Melissa. Other pairings during the initial run are George Segal and Dana Ivey, Treat Williams and Kate Nelligan, Timothy Hutton and Elizabeth McGovern, and Jason Robards and Elaine Stritch. The production transfers to Broadway's Edison Theatre on October 31, 1989, with Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards Jr. starring in the 96-performance run.

1989 A British Military Entertainment troupe circa the late 1940s parks Off-Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre for a 64-performance run of Privates on Parade. The cast includes Jim Dale and Donna Murphy.

1991 Colleen Dewhurst dies of cancer at the age of 67. The thespian of stage and screen starred in such productions as Great Day in the Morning, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, More Stately Mansions, All Over, Mourning Becomes Electra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, All the Way Home, and A Moon for the Misbegotten, winning Tony Awards for the latter two.

1996 Al Pacino directs himself in Eugene O'Neill's Hughie at the Circle in the Square Theatre. The production runs for 56 sold-out performances.

2011 Simon Russell Beale returns to the New York stage in the U.S. premiere of Simon Stephens' Bluebird, in which he plays a London cabbie listening to the woes of his eclectic passengers. Presented by the Atlantic Theater Company at its intimate Atlantic Stage 2, the cast also includes Michael Countryman, Charlotte Parry, John Sharian, Kate Blumberg, Mary McCann, Tobias Segal, and Todd Weeks.

More of Today's Birthdays: Daniel Frohman 1851. Dorothy Parker 1893. Michael Langham 1919. James Kirkwood 1924. Diana Sands 1934. Valerie Harper 1939. James Corden 1978.

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