Claudia Shear, playwright and one-third of Dirty Blonde, left the Broadway show Jan. 7. Pictured with her are Tom Riis Farrell and Seussical's Kevin Chamberlin, both of whom played Charlie opposite her (Chamberlin was Tony-nominated). Dirty Blonde, an examination of the life of Mae West and the effects she has on two lonely New Yorkers, continues at the Helen Hayes Theatre, where it opened May 1, 2000.
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.