Report: Redgrave's Mandrake Root to Grow in Little Shubert in March

News   Report: Redgrave's Mandrake Root to Grow in Little Shubert in March
Off-Broadway's newest palace, the Little Shubert, will go from the song-and-dance of Tommy Tune's White Tie and Tails to searing family drama in the spring, when Lynn Redgrave's The Mandrake Root makes its Off-Broadway bow, the New York Times reports.

Previously, The Mandrake Root had been expected on or about Feb. 6 at an Off-Broadway house to be announced. Susan Dietz of Beverly Hill's Canon Theatre is producing with Warner Shook directing.

The New York production is to be a repeat of the San Jose Repertory staging, a revised edition of Mandrake Root, which received its world premiere in 2001 at the Long Wharf Theatre. Shook directed both productions.

Producer Dietz have had ties with Shook and Redgrave since the early 80's. She gave Shook his first professional job, directing Sister Mary Ignacious Explains It All for You, a production Redgrave later joined. Redgrave also performed her Shakespeare for My Father at the Canon Theatre.

The Mandrake Root made its West Coast premiere Jan. 26-Feb. 24 at San Jose Repertory Theatre with Redgrave as the family matriarch Rose Randall. Redgrave repeats the role Off-Broadway.

Around Rose, Redgrave has crafted a story of betrayal, sex and crippling family errors, while examining the essenses of mother-daughter relationships. The character she plays, the actress-playwright admits, is much based on her mother, the British actress Rachel Kempson. One of five generations of actors in the Redgrave family, Redgrave already visited her family on stage with her Tony-nominated one woman show, Shakespeare for My Father. Other theatre work has included the Tony-nominated Mrs. Warren's Profession, Black Comedy, Aren't We All and Moon Over Buffalo. She was nominated for an Academy Award for "Gods and Monsters," her second such honor after being tapped for playing the title role in "Georgy Girl."

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