Postponed Kate Mulgrew Tea at Five Sets News Dates at Seattle Rep

By Ernio Hernandez
October 6, 2004

The postponed Seattle Repertory Theatre staging of Tea at Five, starring Kate Mulgrew, has set new dates for the coming season.

The Katharine Hepburn-centered solo by Matthew Lombardo was postponed from Sept. 10-18 due to a family emergency. The work will now play the Washington company's Bagley Wright Theatre, May 19-29, 2005.

Tea at Five finds Hepburn a longtime Connecticut resident at her home in Old Saybrook. The first act takes place in 1938, a brief dip in Hepburn's career when a series of film flops got her branded "box-office poison." She would soon rebound with The Philadelphia Story, in which she starred on Broadway before buying up the film rights. In this section of the play, the actress reflects on her patrician, privileged upbringing, no doubt touching on her devotion to her father and her vaunted athletic prowess.

The second act speeds ahead 45 years to 1983. Here, recuperating from a car accident, she looks back on her storied career and famed romance with fellow (and married) actor Spencer Tracy.

John Tillinger directs the show, which opened at Off-Broadway's Promenade Theatre March 9, 2003, under the auspices of Daryl Roth, David Gersten, Paul Morer, Michael Filerman, and Amy and Scott Nederlander.

Mulgrew has appeared on Broadway in Black Comedy and in Central Park in Titus Andronicus, but she is far better known as the strong-jawed Captain Janeway, who spends most of her time piloting "Star Trek: Voyager."

For more information, call the Seattle Repertory Theatre box office at (206) 443-2222 or toll-free (877) 900-9285. The Seattle Rep website is located at www.seattlerep.org.