What a Vision: Amanda Plummer Will Play Joan of Arc at Canada's Stratford Festival in 2005

By Kenneth Jones
October 20, 2004

Tony Award winner Amanda Plummer, whose parents Christopher Plummer and Tammy Grimes triumphed at the renowned Stratford Festival in Canada, will star as Joan of Arc in the Ontario company's 2005 run of Jean Anouilh's The Lark.

Plummer won a 1982 Tony Award for Featured Actress (Play) for her portrayal of Agnes in Agnes of God and was also nominated for a Leading Actress Tony the same year for her portrayal of Jo in A Taste of Honey. Her director for The Lark will be Michael Lindsay- Hogg, who also helmed the Broadway Agnes of God.

Plummer received another Tony nomination in 1987 for playing Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. She won an Emmy in 1992 for her portrayal of Lusia Weiss in the TV movie "Miss Rose White" (based on the play A Shayna Maidel) and another in 1996 as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series ("The Outer Limits"). Her films include "Pulp Fiction," "The Fisher King," "Butterfly Kiss" and "A Simple Wish."

Joining Plummer in The Lark will be Graham Abbey as Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, and Stephen Ouimette as The Promoter. The Lark opens at the Festival Theatre on Aug. 11, 2005.

The Stratford Festival staging of King Lear that starred Christopher Plummer came to Lincoln Center Theater in 2003.


Other lead casting for Stratford's 2005 season was announced Oct. 19 by artistic director Richard Monette. Fest favorites Lucy Peacock and Peter Donaldson will be Dolly and Horace in Hello, Dolly; William Hutt, considered Canadian acting royalty, will play Prospero in The Tempest; Rod Beattie returns for his 15th season to play Walt Wingfield in the sixth Wingfield show by Dan Needles, Wingfield's Inferno; Stephen Ouimette will play Caliban in The Tempest; James Blendick is Big Daddy, Cynthia Dale is Maggie, Thom Marriott is Gooper and David Snelgrove is Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Seana McKenna and Lucy Peacock will appear in Noel Coward's Fallen Angels; for Into the Wood, Kyle Blair will be Jack, Peter Donaldson is the Narrator, Bruce Dow is The Baker and Dayna Tekatch is Cinderella and Jennifer Waiser is Little Red; The Brothers Karamazov by Jason Sherman, adapted from the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, will include Shane Carty as Ivan Karamazov, Jonathan Goad as Dmitry Karamazov, Dana Green as Grushenka, Peter van Gestel as Alyosha Karamazov and Scott Wentworth as Fyodor Karamazov; As You Like It will boast Graham Abbey as Jaques, Dion Johnstone as Orlando, Stephen Ouimette as Touchstone and Sara Topham as Rosalind; in Orpheus Descending, expect Jonathan Goad as Val Xavier, Dana Green as Carol Cutrere, Seana McKenna as Lady Torrance and Scott Wentworth as David Cutrere; The Donnellys: Sticks & Stones by James Reaney features Diane D'Aquila as Mrs. Donnelly and Robert King as Mr. Donnelly; Edward II by Christopher Marlowe includes James Blendick as Guy, Earl of Warwick/Lightborn, Walter Borden as Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, Jamie Robinson as Gaveston, David Snelgrove as Edward II and Scott Wentworth as Roger Mortimer of Wigmore; The Measure of Love by Nicolas Billon stars Diana Leblanc; Measure for Measure will feature Diane D'Aquila as Mistress Overdone, Jonathan Goad as Angelo, Dana Green as Isabella and Thom Marriott as Vincentio, the Duke.

The festival confirmed that Peter Hinton will direct Into the Woods, designed by Dany Lyne, and Brian Bedford will direct Fallen Angels, designed by Susan Benson.

Berthold Carrière will be musical director for both Hello, Dolly! and Into the Woods.

For more information about Stratford, one of North America's major theatre festivals, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca.