Christopher Plummer's A Word or Two Opens Jan. 22 at Ahmanson Theatre
22 Jan 2014
Photo by David Hou
A Word or Two, the solo evening from Academy, Tony and Emmy winner Christopher Plummer, officially opens Jan. 22 at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre after previews that began Jan. 19 in Los Angeles.
Written and arranged by Plummer and directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, A Word or Two is presented in association with The Stratford Festival of Canada for 16 performances only, through Feb. 9.
Plummer, who confesses to being “hooked on the intoxication of words,” spent much of his time growing up in Montreal reading Ben Jonson, George Bernard Shaw, Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, Lord Byron, Dylan Thomas, W.H. Auden and Stephen Leacock, among others. His personal take on these literary giants forms a journey from childhood to old age.
A Word or Two premiered in 2012 at the Stratford Festival of Canada in Stratford, Ontario.
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.