PHOTO CALL: My Fair Lady, Starring Manna Nichols and Benedict Campbell, Opens at Arena Stage
By Krissie Fullerton
24 Nov 2012
Benedict Campbell and Manna Nichols co-star as Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, respectively, in the Arena Stage engagement of Molly Smith's My Fair Lady, which began performances in Washington, DC, Nov. 3.
Smith first staged this "innovative and fresh reinterpretation" of the classic about a flower girl schooled by a dialectician/grammarian for Shaw Festival audiences in April 2011. Campbell, who portrayed Higgins in that engagement, returns for the Arena Stage mounting along with members of the Shaw creative team. The cast also features Nicholas Rodriguez as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Thomas Adrian Simpson as Colonel Pickering, Sherri L. Edelen as Mrs. Pearce, Catherine Flye as Mrs. Higgins, Benjamin L. Horen as Zoltan Karpathy, James Saito as Alfred Doolittle, Rayanne Gonzales as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill, Kurt Boehm as Jamie and Ronald Duncan as Harry.
The company is completed by Bev Appleton, Lucia Daisog, Dean Andre de Luna, Erin Driscoll, Jennifer Irons, Robert Mintz, Jesse Palmer, Jobari Parker-Namdar, Joe Peck, Sade Simmons, Kim Willes, Hannah Willman, Jessica Hartman, Victor J. Wisehart, Will Burton and Afra Hines.
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.