PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: JANUARY 19
19 Jan 2015
1887 Birthday of Alexander Woollcott (1887-1943), actor, author, radio personality, theatre critic of The New York Times, and one of the original members of the Algonquin Round Table is born today. He will appear as an actor in several Broadway shows, and serve as the model for the character of Sheridan Whiteside in George S. Kaufman's comedy, The Man Who Came to Dinner.
1909 What is The Easiest Way? Eugene Walter's play explores the lengths women of the time went to in order to support themselves. This controversial drama was produced and directed by David Belasco.
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.