Marian Seldes To Star in McNally's Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams Off-Broadway | Playbill

News Marian Seldes To Star in McNally's Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams Off-Broadway
Broadway stalwart Marian Seldes will star in the upcoming Primary Stages presentation of Terrence McNally's Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams set to start July 26.
Marian Seldes
Marian Seldes

Michael Morris (Slag Heap) directs the New York premiere of the work which debuted at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Aug. 2004 with Seldes in the cast. The Off-Broadway run is scheduled through Sept. 18.

Seldes, last seen on the New York stage in Beckett/Albee, won a Tony Award for her turn in Albee's A Delicate Balance. Other Broadway credits include Equus, Ivanov, 45 Seconds From Broadway, Father's Day, Deathtrap, Ring Round the Moon and Dinner at Eight — Tony-nominated for the latter four.

Terrence McNally's Dedication, as the scribe told, is "about a couple who live in upstate New York. On the weekends, they run, manage and produce a small children's theatre which does things like Puss in Boots and Alice and Wonderland. They are given an opportunity to take over an old abandoned, decaying theatre which was once on the vaudeville circuit. And these people become candidates." He added that the play is about "what price they're willing to pay to have their own theatre."

Seldes played the role of Annabelle Willard, the wealthy and eccentric theater owner in a cast that also included Boyd Gaines, Debra Monk, Kellie Overbey, Darren Pettie, Larry Pine and R.E. Rodgers. Scott Ellis directed the debut staging. No further casting for the Off-Broadway run has been announced.

The new season at Primary Stages will then continue (Jan. 24-March 5, 2006) with the east coast premiere of Charles Grodin's The Right Kind of People, directed by Chris Smith — artistic director of San Francisco's Magic Theatre, where the work debuted Nov. 2004. The work, based on actor-writer Grodin's real-life service on a co op board, follows the fashionable Fifth Avenue committee on their decisions motivated (or not) by race, gender, and social status. A third play, to be announced, will debut March 21, 2006 and play through April 30, 2006 for the company. Primary Stages is also offering subscribers a package that will include its originally commissioned Peggy Guggenheim-focused solo work, Woman Before a Glass by Lanie Robertson, starring Mercedes Ruehl.

Tickets and subscriptions to Primary Stages' shows at the 59E59 Theaters, at 59 East 59th Street, can be purchased by calling (212-279-4200) or at the box office. For more information, visit

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