Mary Steenburgen, Roxanne Hart and Steven Weber will star in Scott McPherson's Marvin's Room for L.A. Theatre Works' staged readings for radio, Jan. 16-20. Dennis Erdman ("Sex and the City," "Mad About You") directs.
Steenburgen reprises the role of Bessie, a part she played in the L.A. premiere of the play. The Academy Award-winner starred on film in "Time After Time," "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy," "Melvin and Howard," "Parenthood," "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "Philadelphia," and "Back to the Future II." Weber, whose TV credits include "Once and Again," "The Weber Show" and "Wings," is Doctor Wally. Broadway's Hart, who plays Lee, starred in Broadway's The Devils Disciple, Loose Ends, Cheaters, Equus and Passion, for which she received a Tony nomination and a Drama-Logue Award.
Bessie is the heart of Marvin's Room. She has always held her family together, be it her bedridden father, who keeps trying to eat the Yahtzee dice, or her disabled aunt. But when Bessie is diagnosed with leukemia, she has to learn to depend on others, especially her estranged sister and arsonist nephew who may provide the bone marrow she desperately needs.
McPherson scripted 'Til the Fat Lady Sings and Marvin's Room before succumbing to AIDS in 1992. A film version of Marvin's Room, directed by Jerry Zaks and starring Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton and Leonardo DiCaprio, was produced in 1996.
Tickets are $10-$40. Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. For reservations, call (310) 827-0889. All TheatreWorks theatre productions are recorded for future broadcast on public radio, on XM Satellite Radio and are sold on the L.A. Theatre Works homepage at http://www.latw.org. In the past 14 years, productions have won several awards including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Gold and Silver Awards, three Sony Awards, the Writer's Guild of America's Best Comedy Award and the 1999 Audie Award for Best Dramatic Production from the Audio Publishers Association. Their recording of The Prisoner of Second Avenue, featuring Richard Dreyfuss and Mason, was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album.
— By Christine Ehren