"The Practice" and "American Horror Story" Star Signed for Stage Adaptation of Controversial Tennessee Williams Film

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Dylan McDermott, square-jawed star of the ABC lawyer series "The Practice," will play a vengeance-seeking cotton gin owner in a new stage adaptation of Tennessee Williams' controversial film "Baby Doll," according to The New York Times.

McDermott won both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his performance on the TV series, which ran 1997-2004. More recently he has appeared on "American Horror Story."

Williams adapted the 1956 film from his one-act play 27 Wagons Full of Cotton,, about an teen-aged woman married to a much older cotton farmer in the Mississippi delta. A male rival seduces her as part of a revenge plot. Although it's made clear that the wife is supposed to be 18 years old, her character was infantalized in the script and in the advertising, which made her appear underage. The film starred Carroll Baker, Karl Malden and Eli Wallach.

McCarter Artistic Director Emily Mann has written the new stage adaptation of Baby Doll, which she will also direct. Also in the cast: Susannah Hoffman, Robert Joy and Brian McCann. Previews start Sept. 11 at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ, and the show runs through Oct. 11.

The production is something of a homecoming for McDermott, who appeared there in 1991 as Tom in another Williams’s drama The Glass Menagerie, which was also directed by Mann.

To order tickets, visit McCarter.org.

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