Harris Yulin and Frances Fisher Complete Star-Studded Cast of Miller's Picture

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Harris Yulin and Frances Fisher have joined the cast of the already star-studded cast of the Goodman Theatre's premiere of Arthur Miller's Finishing the Picture.
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Harris Yulin (The Price, Hedda Gabler, The Diary of Anne Frank) will play the role of director Derek Clemson, reportedly based on John Huston. And Fisher (the films "Titanic" and "Unforgiven") will be Edna Meyers, the assistant to the Marilyn Monroe-like star played by Heather Prete.

Yulin is the only actor who participated in a July 2003 reading of the play to be cast in the full production.

As previously announced, Stacy Keach, Stephen Lang, Linda Lavin, Matthew Modine, Scott Glenn and Heather Prete also star.

The script is reportedly based on the creation of Monroe's last movie, 1961's "The Misfits," which was directed by John Huston, and for which Miller penned the screenplay. During filming, Monroe was struggling with depression, unwieldy moods and substance abuse. David Richenthal, who produced the recent Tony-honored Death of a Salesman, directed by Falls, is said to have attended a reading.

The Goodman describes the play this way: “A distinguished director is about to lose his picture due to the unstable behavior of a famously fragile movie star. She’s recognized all over the world, loved by millions, but unable to believe in herself. The studio owners are threatening to pull the plug, and a temperamental acting teacher is flown in to coax the actress out of bed and onto the set. “ Robert Falls directs in the Albert Ivan Theatre. The dates are Sept. 21-Oct. 31. Keach will play Philip Ochsner, a trucking company executive, who, through a corporate merger, has acquired the studio making the movie. Lang and Lavin will be acting teachers, reportedly based on the Strasbergs, who influenced Monroe’s life and work. Scott Glenn will play cinematographer Terry Case. Modine will play Paul, the screenwriter, and Prete will protray the troubled actress, Kitty.

Miller’s previous play, After the Fall, now being given a revival on Broadway, was also inspired by his experiences with Monroe.

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