The Killing of Sister George, Directed By and Starring Kathleen Turner, Debuts at Long Wharf Nov. 28

By Adam Hetrick
November 28, 2012

The Long Wharf Theatre's revised staging of Frank Marcus' 1964 comedy The Killing of Sister George, featuring Kathleen Turner as no-nonsense radio personality June Buckridge, premieres Nov. 28 at the Long Wharf Theatre. 



Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher (Tuesdays With Morrie, Never Gonna Dance) penned the new adaptation, which runs through Dec. 23 at Long Wharf under Turner's direction. An equity casting noticed previously stated that the creative team is hopeful for a 2013 Off-Broadway run following the Long Wharf engagement. An official announcement has not been made.

Turner (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Third Story)  plays June Buckridge, with Clea Alsip (One Slight Hitch) as her secretary Childi, Betsy Aidem (The Metal Children) as Mercy Croft and Tony Award nominee Olga Merediz (In the Heights) as Madame Xenia.

Here's how the play is billed: "By day June Buckridge (Turner) plays Sister George tending to the sick and poor on the radio hit 'Applehurst.' By night, she chews on cigars, swills gin and lets nothing and no one stand in her way, including her long suffering 'secretary' Childie. When 'Applehurst's ratings plummet, Sister George is shuffled meekly off to the Great Beyond. June refuses to go quietly from her starring perch, however, in this bawdy and witty comedy."

The Killing of Sister George premiered in London in 1964. The 1966 Broadway production featured Beryl Reid as Buckridge. She earned a Tony Award for her performance. Reid repeated her work in the 1968 film, which includes racy content that earned the work an X rating.

The creative team includes Allen Moyer (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), John Lasiter (lights), John Gromada (sound design/composer), Paul Huntley (wigs) and Deborah Hecht (dialect coach).

For tickets visit LongWharf.org. The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.