2001 Academy Award nominee Kenneth Lonergan has revised his family drama The Waverly Gallery, which opened at New York's Promenade Theatre in 2000. This new version closes its debut run at the Long Wharf Theatre Dec. 16.
Three-time Tony nominee John Tillinger (The Price, Inherit the Wind, Loot) directs this story of free spirited and aged Gladys Green, who runs a small gallery in Greenwich Village. As her 85 years begin to take their toll on her, the once-independent woman is forced to give up her beloved gallery and learn to depend on her children.
Carolyn Coates stars as Green. This is her first role at the Long Wharf since 1976 when she appeared in The Autumn Garden. Her credits include Broadway's The Death of Bessie Smith, The American Dream, The Country Wife and The Disintegration of James Cherry as well as the Off-Broadway production of The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. The Waverly Gallery is the first time she has returned to the stage since she retired in 1986 to devote herself entirely to the combating the AIDS crisis in America.
Also in the cast are Bruce Altman (Howard Fine), Tim Donogue (Alan George), Mary Beth Fisher (Ellen Fine), Thomas Sadoski (Daniel Reed) and Adam Trese (Don Bowman).
Tillinger returns to the Long Wharf where he last directed Blithe Spirit in 1997. From 1974 to 1996, he served as literary consultant to the theatre, where he directed over 20 productions including Arsenic and Old Lace, Paddywack, Betrayal, Love Letters and The Lover. Designing the show are James Noone (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), David F. Segal (lighting) and Matthew Mezick (sound). Barclay Stiff is the stage manager.
Tickets are $45-$15. For reservations, call (203) 787-4282. The Long Wharf Theatre is on the web at http://www.longwharf.org.
— By Christine Ehren