VINTAGE PLAYBILL: The Heiress, Starring Wendy Hiller (1947) and Cherry Jones (1995)
26 Oct 2012
The revival of The Heiress, now in previews at the Walter Kerr, officially opens on Broadway Nov. 1. The production stars Jessica Chastain, David Strathairn and Dan Stevens.
Ruth and Augustus Goetz's The Heiress premiered on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre on Sept. 29, 1947. The play starred Wendy Hiller as the lonely Catherine and Basil Rathbone in a Tony-winning performance as her father.
The Heiress most recently appeared on Broadway in 1995 in a Tony-winning revival featuring Philip Bosco, Cherry Jones, Frances Sternhagen and Katie Finneran. The production earned four Tonys including Best Revival, Actress in a Play (Jones), and Featured Actress in a Play (Sternhagen).
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.