Groundbreaking, "X-Rated" Drama Killing of Sister George Will Receive First New York Revival in 30 Years; Cast Announced

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19 Aug 2014

Cynthia Harris
Cynthia Harris

The groundbreaking drama The Killing of Sister George, which explores sexual identity, power and politics in a changing world, will receive its first New York revival in 30 years by TACT/The Actors Company Theatre.

Directed by TACT company member Drew Barr, the production will begin at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre Sept. 23 prior to an official opening Oct. 7. Performances will continue through Nov. 1. 

The cast will include TACT co-artistic director emeritus Cynthia Harris (Lost in Yonkers, The Cocktail Party), TACT company members Darrie Lawrence (Tales From Red Vienna, Children) and Margot White (The Farnsworth Invention, Romersholm) and guest artist Caitlin O’Connell (Mothers and Sons, 33 Variations) making her TACT debut.

"In The Killing of Sister George, gin-swilling, cigar-chomping June Buckridge plays the beloved Sister George on the popular BBC Radio drama, Applehurst," press notes state. "When it looks like BBC executives might kill off Sister George to raise ratings, June’s precarious personal world heads into a tailspin."

The creative team comprises Narelle Sissons (sets and costumes), Mary Louise Geiger (lights) and Daniel Kluger (sound and original music). Jeff Meyers is production stage manager, and Kelly Burns is assistant stage manager.



Considered groundbreaking when it first premiered in 1964, The Killing of Sister George won the Evening Standard Best Play Award for 1965. It opened on Broadway in 1966 and was adapted for the screen in 1968. The film received the newly created "X" rating, which limited its screening ability.

Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre is located at 410 West 42nd Street. Call (212) 645-8228 or visit tactnyc.org for more information.