Lynn Redgrave, who just starred in Moon Over Buffalo on Broadway, will play Madame Arkadina in the production, which is now in previews to open the Playhouse's 1996-97 season.
"I am thrilled that a production that already joins two of this century's greatest dramatists has been even further enhanced by a talent of Ms. Redgrave's caliber," said Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Edward Stern. "Like millions of others, I have been a fan of her work for years, but in London six years ago, I was fortunate to see her stunning performance as Masha in Chekhov's Three Sisters. For me it reaffirmed the grace, sensitivity, and remarkable intelligence she brings to her craft -- qualities I know she will bring to the crucial role of Arkadina, a part born out of the mastery of both Chekhov and Williams."
The play, about a faded grande dame actress and her writer son, contains echoes of Williams own relationship with his mother, chronicled in his play The Glass Menagerie.
A founding member of the National Theatre of Great Britain, Lynn Redgrave has appeared on stage, TV and screen, and wrote the one-woman show Shakespeare For My Father, which earned her an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award nomination. Her other Broadway credits include Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy in 1966, followed over the years by My Fat Friend, Knock Knock, Mrs. Warren'S Profession (which also earned her a Tony nomination), Saint Joan, Sweet Sue, and Love Letters.Trigorin will be played by Jeff Woodman, currently in the Off-Broadway revival of The Boys in the Band.
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-- By Robert Viagas