PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: DECEMBER 20
20 Dec 2014
1912Laurette Taylor stars in Peg O' My Heart, written and directed by her husband, J. Hartley Manners. This story of a winsome orphan becomes a vehicle for Taylor, and she will revive it often over the years.
1928Ethel Barrymore gets a theatre named for her, and it drives her to a convent — on stage, that is. The Kingdom of God, Gregorio Martinez Sierra's play, inaugurates the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York. Sister Gracia shuns her luxurious upbringing and the love of a young doctor to care for the abandoned. This production will be forced to close after three months when Barrymore is confined to her home with influenza.
2005 New York transit workers begin a three-day strike, shutting down subways and buses--but not theatres--at the height of the holiday rush. The shows go on, with many Broadway actors seen walking or roller-blading to work.
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.