Pasadena Playhouse's Heiress Will Star Heather Tom, Julia Duffy and Richard Chamberlain

News   Pasadena Playhouse's Heiress Will Star Heather Tom, Julia Duffy and Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain will play Dr. Sloper in Pasadena Playhouse's new production of The Heiress, also featuring Heather Tom as spinster daughter Catherine and Julia Duffy as Aunt Lavinia. Dámaso Rodriguez directs the California revival of the Ruth and Augustus Goetz play this spring.

Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain Photo by Greg Gorman

The drama suggested by the 1881 Henry James novel "Washington Square" will run April 24-May 20. Opening night is April 29.

The play, first on Broadway on 1947, was reinvented for a new generation in a hit 1995 revival that won the Best Revival Tony Award. (Commercial producers are creating a new and unrelated production for Broadway in 2012-13; Jessica Chastain, of "The Help," will star.)

According to Pasadena Playhouse, "Catherine Sloper, who stands to inherit a fortune from her ailing physician father, is a plain-looking young woman living under his malevolent scrutiny, as well as his well-meaning but cold-hearted demeanor. Dr. Sloper disapproves of Catherine's passionate suitor Morris Townsend, certain that the penniless young man has proposed marriage to win Catherine's inheritance. Catherine's too much in love to consider this potential betrayal, and when circumstances lead her to misinterpret Morris's intentions, The Heiress reaches an unforgettable conclusion that brilliantly supports the richly psychological nuance brought to the preceding romance."

Chamberlain is known for his work in TV's "Dr. Kildare," and the mini-series "Centennial," "Shogun," "The Thorn Birds" and "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story." In 1993-1994 he starred as Henry Higgins in the Broadway revival of My Fair Lady, which also toured throughout the U.S.

Tom is a three-time Emmy Award-winning actress (and 13-time nominee) best known for her roles as Katie Logan on "The Bold and the Beautiful," Kelly Cramer on "One Life to Live" and Victoria Newman on "The Young and the Restless." Duffy is perhaps best known for her work as Stephanie Vanderkellen on TV's "Newhart" and Allison Sugarbaker on "Designing Women."

The Pasadena Heiress cast also includes Gigi Bermingham as Elizabeth Almond; Steve Coombs as Morris Townsend; Chris Reinacher as Arthur Townsend; Elizabeth Tobias as Maria; Anneiliese van der Pol as Marian Almond; Jill Van Velzer as Mrs. Montgomery.

The Pasadena creative team includes scenic designer John Iacovelli, costume design by Leah Piehl, lighting designer Brian Gale and sound design by Doug Newell.

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