Charles Busch Will Be Katharine Hepburn in Staged Reading of Tea at Five | Playbill

News Charles Busch Will Be Katharine Hepburn in Staged Reading of Tea at Five
Four Things Productions will present a one-night-only staged reading of Matthew Lombardo's one-woman show, Tea at Five, starring playwright-actor Charles Busch (The Divine Sister, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife) as Katharine Hepburn.

Charles Busch as Katharine Hepburn
Charles Busch as Katharine Hepburn

The evening, directed by Rob Ruggiero, is set for Nov. 28 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre and will benefit The Ali Forney Center. Daryl Roth and Carl Siciliano will introduce the event.

Tea at Five, press notes state, is "an intimate look at Katharine Hepburn, at home, in her Fenwick estate in old Saybrook, Connecticut. The play takes place in 1983 after Hepburn was injured in a car crash. The accident affords the now legendary star an opportunity to reflect on her turbulent childhood, the triumphs and failures of her career and her heart-breaking romance with Spencer Tracy."

The design team includes Katherine Carr (wig styling), Ben Hagen (lighting design), Peter Hurley (photography), Nathan Johnson (make-up), Charles Lapointe (wig design), Michael Pilipski (props), Jennifer Rogers (stage manager), Shannon Slaton (sound design) and Kelly Stimac (wardrobe stylist).

Tea at Five was first produced by Hartford Stage and thereafter produced by Daryl Roth, David Gersten, Paul Morer, Michael Filerman, Amy Nederlander and Scott E. Nederlander at the Promenade Theatre, Off-Broadway in New York City.

Tickets, priced at $40 and $60, or $150 (including the post-performance reception with the cast), are now available at, or by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting the Lucille Lortel Theater Box Office (121 Christopher Street). For more information, visit

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