Hecht, who began the Broadway season in Brighton Beach Memoirs and now stars in A View from the Bridge, will read the titular role of the independent spinster, with Sternhagen (The Heiress, Steel Magnolias, Seascape) as Mrs. Bett. The cast will also feature Michael Countryman (Mary Stuart, Night Must Fall), Greg Keller (Smudge, The Seagull), Reed Birney (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Savannah Disputation) and Stella Bernstein.
Joan Vail Thorne will direct the 7 PM reading of the 1921 play that will feature songs from the period performed by Sullivan (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes).
Gale's Miss Lulu Bett was first published as a novel in 1920 and was immediately adapted for the stage in 1921. Later that year she became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play tells the story of the shy Lulu Bett, who is taken advantage of by her family. When a marriage proposal falls through, she seeks happiness on her own terms.
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