PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: DECEMBER 5
05 Dec 2014
1921 Novelist Theodore Dreiser's play, The Hand of the Potter, opens at the Provincetown Playhouse in New York. Scenes range from the poverty-stricken Lower East Side to the lavish-living Upper. There will be 21 performances.
1927 The Shubert Theatre Corporation notes to the New York Stock Exchange that it owns 104 first-class theatres, and by this date 60 percent of all first-class legitimate theatre productions are housed in Shubert theatres.
2001 Barely 12 weeks after the 9/11 terror attacks, Pulitzer-winner Tony Kushner debuts a drama about the conflicts in the Middle East, Homebody/Kabul, at New York Theatre Workshop. The piece was programmed and planned long before the tragedy. As a work-in-progress, it had a run at London's Chelsea Theatre Centre in 1999 starring British actress Kika Markham.
2012 The musical The Bodyguard, based on the 1992 film of the same name about a former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard who is hired to protect a singing superstar, opens at the West End's Adelphi Theatre. Heather Headley makes her West End debut in the role of Rachel Marron, created on screen by Whitney Houston. The show features features a multitude of Whitney Houston’s greatest hits including "One Moment in Time," "Saving All My Love," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and "I Will Always Love You."
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.