Judd Hirsch Will Star in World Premiere of Michael Cristofer's The Whore and Mr. Moore

By Kenneth Jones
June 21, 2012

The Dorset Theatre Festival (DTF) in Dorset, VT, has snagged TV, film and Tony Award-winning theatre star Judd Hirsch ("Taxi," Talley's Folly, I'm Not Rappaport, Conversations With My Father) to appear in the world premiere of The Whore and Mr. Moore, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cristofer.

Playwright-actor Cristofer won the Pulitzer and Tony Award for The Shadow Box. He played the neighborhood lawyer, Alfieri, in the recent Broadway revival of A View From the Bridge. He also plays Jerry, the snarky producer and ex-husband of Anjelica Huston's character on TV's "Smash."

A new play is a coup for the summer stock company in sleepy Dorset, but, then, the company is known for its ambitious streak — in addition to staging audience-friendly commercial titles such as Dial M For Murder, Boeing-Boeing and Noises Off, it also has a new-play development program (a rare thing for a summer Equity operation).

New works by Sherry Kramer, Laura Eason and Cusi Cram will be read this summer. Visit the website for more details.

The Whore and Mr. Moore runs Aug. 2-11. Additional casting will be announced.

Hirsch was nominated for an Oscar for his iconic performance as Tim Hutton's psychiatrist in "Ordinary People." He recently finished his second season on the TV series "Damages." He also starred in the series "Numb3rs." He won two Emmy Awards for his work as Alex Rieger on "Taxi."

In addition to The Whore and Mr. Moore, DTF's 37th season also includes Good People, Boeing-Boeing and Deathtrap.

Dina Janis is DTF artistic director. For more information, visit dorsettheatrefestival.org.