One catchphrase of the 1960s was "Go Ask Alice." In the late 1990s, producers Elizabeth McCann and Daryl Roth are amending the phrase to "Go Find Alice.
As reported in August, McCann and Roth hope to revive Edward Albee's complex 1965 drama, Tiny Alice, on Broadway, possibly this season. They have a star, Richard Thomas, who appeared in the show's hit revival at CT's Hartford Stage earlier this year. However, until a female co-lead is chosen, the show won't announce specific dates or plans.
The search is proceeding especially slowly, Roth told Playbill On-Line (Dec. 3), because they're currently concentrating on moving Manhattan Class Company's smash Wit to the Union Square Theatre.
McCann and Roth were the team who mounted Off-Broadway's Albee hit Three Tall Women. In the summer, they were targeting Feb. 1999 for Tiny Alice, but now the duo are thinking in terms of late spring, if not next season.
McCann told Variety theatres being considered include the John Golden, the Helen Hayes and the Walter Kerr. Roth told Playbill On-Line (Aug. 6) that nothing's officially set yet on the show, and that casting hasn't been announced, since not all the Hartford Stage performers will move with the production. Tiny Alice ended its run at Hartford Stage June 21. The production, directed by the company's former artistic director Lamos, opened May 23.
Hartford Stage's obsession with the play is not new. The theatre staged the work in 1972. Indeed, after Shakespeare, Albee is the most produced playwright in Hartford Stage's 34-year history. Lamos collected a seasoned cast for the production, headed by Thomas, who played the lead role of Brother Julian, a man of the church seduced by Alice's sexuality and wealth. Also in the cast were Gerry Bamman (Off-Broadway's Nixon's Nixon and Bedfellows), John Michael Higgins (Broadway's La Bete), Tom Lacy (the Drama Dept.'s production of Kingdom of Earth), and Sharon Scruggs (Floyd Collins). No word on whether any of the other cast-members will come to Broadway.
The original production of Tiny Alice was presented on Broadway in December 1965, with John Gielgud and Irene Worth under the direction of Alan Schneider.
In June, actor Thomas won Boston's Elliot Norton Lifetime Achievement Award. He's a Hartford Stage veteran and had previously played Hamlet and Peer Gynt there. Broadway credits include The Fifth of July and Strange Interlude, though Thomas remains best known for playing John-Boy on TV's "The Waltons."
Albee has been enjoying a renaissance since 1994 when his Three Tall Woman won him his third Pulitzer Prize. His Delicate Balance got a Tony-winning revival on Broadway; his Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf had an award-winning London remounting in 1996.