Alec Baldwin, Harold Prince, Tina Fey, Patti LuPone and More Offer Elaine Stritch a Quotable Sendoff
20 Apr 2013
Photo by Monica Simoes
Kelli O'Hara: "I remember opening at the Carlyle in April of 2009, heavy with pregnancy and jittery with nerves. Having never done much cabaret, I was relieved to hear supportive yet very present laughter coming from the back of the room. Squinting through the darkness, I recognized the sound and shape to be Elaine Stritch (how could I not?). Having drifted down from her home on one of the higher floors of the same building to catch my show, she was perched there, lending a hand to a newbie. I later received a congratulatory letter from her under my hotel room door. I keep it with fondness."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.