PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: SEPTEMBER 3
03 Sep 2013
1827 Birthday of John Drew Sr., patriarch of the Drew and Barrymore acting dynasties that will include Georgiana Drew Barrymore; siblings Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore and John Barrymore; and today's movie star (and namesake) Drew Barrymore.
1864 Joseph Jefferson opens at the Olympic Theatre in Rip Van Winkle.
1910 The Stuyvesant Theatre, which opened in 1907, is renamed the Belasco.
1998Bill Irwin, David Shiner and the Red Clay Ramblers put some finishing touches on the second revival of their 90-minute performance piece, Fool Moon at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre. The show will then make its way to Broadway once more Nov. 22 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The work is, for the most part, similar to the 1993 and 1995 incarnations: a series of sketches and stunts "featuring two grandmasters of physical lunacy in an evening of sly humor, chaos and music."
2002Ted Ross, the big-voiced actor who won a Tony Award for playing The Cowardly Lion in the Broadway musical, The Wiz, a performance he later recreated in the film, dies today at age 68.
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.