Playbill Vault's Today In Theatre History: April 28
28 Apr 2015
1900 Cho-Cho San and her passionate and tragic love illuminate David Belasco's adaptation of John Luther Long's story, Madame Butterfly. It is oddly paired on a double bill at The Duke of York's Theatre in London, with a comedy by Jerome K. Jerome, Miss Hobbs. Giacomo Puccini will later use the Belasco play as the basis for his opera.
1976 As a woman who rarely left her home but had an intricate imagination, Julie Harris is Emily Dickinson. Playwright William Luce calls the poet The Belle of Amherst. This one-woman show will inhabit the Longacre Theatre on Broadway for 15 weeks and become one of Harris' signature roles.
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.