Annette Bening to Honor Ruth Draper at Geffen Playhouse

By Carey Purcell
16 May 2013

The final production of the Geffen Playhouse's 2013-14 season will feature Annette Bening performing a selection of monologues created and first performed by Ruth Draper.



This production marks Bening's third appearance at the Geffen. She has previously performed in Hedda Gabler and The Female of the Species.

"Annette Bening makes Draper’s timeless monologues her own—highlighting their continued
influence on audiences and artists alike," press notes state. "Meet the harried society woman, the hostess, the wife, and the mistress; like Draper before her, Bening embraces and embodies these monologues."

"I am in awe of Ruth Draper. Performing these monologues is a great honor for me, and I look forward to the formidable challenge of breathing life into these stunning pieces," Bening said in a statement.

Draper, who was considered a pioneer in 20th century drama, was described by John Gielgud as "the greatest individual performer that America has ever given." She established a form of theatre paving the way for monologists including Daniel Beaty, Eric Bogosian. Spalding Gray, Whoopi Goldberg, John Leguizamo, Charles Nelson Reilly, David Sedaris, Anna Deavere Smith, Lily Tomlin and Charlayne Woodard.

The production's title and director will be announced in the future.

More information can be found by visiting geffenplayhouse.com.