THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
This was the official site for the 2007 Broadway play The Year of Magical Thinking, based on Joan Didion's memoir. Directed by David Hare; sets by Bob Crowley; costumes by Ann Roth; lighting by Jean Kalman; sound by Paul Arditti; production stage manager, Karen Armstrong; associate director, B T McNicholl. Presented by Scott Rudin, Roger Berlind, Debra Black, Daryl Roth and the Shubert Organization, Stuart Thompson and John Barlow, executive producers.
The Year of Magical Thinking
222 W. 45th St.
Category Broadway, Drama, Solo Performance
Cast Vanessa Redgrave as Joan Didion
Preview March 6, 2007
Opened March 29, 2007
Closing Date August 18, 2007
Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes.
THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING, a new play written by Joan Didion based on her celebrated memoir, is now on Broadway in a strictly limited, twenty-four-week engagement, starring one of the world's greatest living actresses, the Academy Award and Tony Award winner Vanessa Redgrave. The play is directed by Academy Award and Tony Award nominee David Hare.
In THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING, Ms. Redgrave relives an almost unfathomably shocking period in Joan Didion's life. Capturing the compassion, humor and bewilderment of a fiercely intelligent woman whose world lurches suddenly from the ordinary to the unimaginable, THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING is a love letter to a child and a tribute to an extraordinary, unconventional marriage, told with raw candor and a brilliant storyteller's gift for the absurd.
Writer Joan Didion On Love, Loss And Writing
NY1 News June 12, 2007
The writer Joan Didion did something this year that she'd never done before: She wrote a play. “The Year of Magical Thinking,” based on her own experience of losing a husband and daughter in the same year.
Many of her admirers have found magic in her work for four decades. NY1’s Budd Mishkin sat down One on 1 with Didion and filed the following report.
Redgrave's 'Magical Thinking'
The Early Show June 6, 2007
Actress Vanessa Redgrave was born into acting. She sits down with Harry Smith to discuss her recent Tony Award nomination for her role in "The Year Of Magical Thinking."
Vanessa Redgrave Back On Stage
60 Minutes June 3, 2007
Famous for her acting and infamous for her politics, Vanessa Redgrave speaks to Mike Wallace for the first time since 1979.
Love, Dependence, and Loss
WNYC May 17, 2007 The Leonard Lopate Show
Joan Didion and Vanessa Redgrave tell us about bringing Joan Didion's award-winning memoir The Year of Magical Thinking to Broadway.
The Year of Magical Thinking on Broadway
The Charlie Rose Show May 15, 2007
A conversation about The Year of Magical Thinking on Broadway with actress Vanessa Redgrave and the woman she plays on stage, Joan Didion, who wrote the book and adapted it for the stage.
Theater podcast: 'Magical Thinking' a 'must see'
The Journal News April 2, 2007
Journal News/LoHud.com theater critic Jacques le Sourd said of "The Year of Magical Thinking," "If you are seeing one play this spring, this is it." The play starring Vanessa Redgrave is based on the book by writer Joan Didion about the deaths of her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter Quintana.
Photos: The Year of Magical Thinking
AM New York March 29, 2007
Actress Marisa Tomei arrives at the opening night of ''The Year Of Magical Thinking'' at the Booth theater on March 29, 2007 in New York City.
Photo Coverage: Opening Night at Year of Magical Thinking
Broadway World March 30, 2007 Walter McBride
The Year of Magical Thinking opened on March 29 at Broadway’s Booth Theatre. The one-woman production, written by acclaimed author Joan Didion and based on her best-selling memoir, stars Vanessa Redgrave (Oscar-winner for Julia) and will run for a limited engagement of 24 weeks. David Hare directs.
PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: The Year of Magical Thinking — Solo at the Edge of Night
Playbill March 30, 2007 Harry Haun
One doesn't exactly come out of The Year of Magical Thinking in a celebratory party mode, so perhaps it was just as well that when it made its leap from page to stage March 29 at the Booth — contrary to the way these things are done — the traditional opening-night party occurred before the show rather than after, on Sardi's scenic second floor.
Vanessa Redgrave Makes a Magical Return to Broadway
Broadway.com March 29, 2007
For star Vanessa Redgrave and writer Joan Didion, it was a glorious night of famous friends and beloved family members at the March 29 opening of The Year of Magical Thinking at Broadway's Booth Theatre.
The grieving of Joan Didion: Her 'Year of Magical Thinking' opens Thursday on Broadway. But don't expect it to be just like the book.
Los Angeles Times March 28, 2007 John Horn
Joan Didion and Vanessa Redgrave could hardly be more different. Didion's a distinctly American writer, as soft-spoken as she is small. "Let's face it," she says, "everybody's taller than I am." Redgrave is a nearly 6-foot-tall British actress, as expressively forceful as she is physically imposing.
A Magical Evening: Pierce Brosnan, Claire Danes, Jane Fonda, Bill Nighy, Rosie O'Donnell, and a galaxy of stars join Vanessa Redgrave for the opening of The Year of Magical Thinking.
Theatre Mania March 28, 2007 Joseph Marzullo; text by Brian Scott Lipton
Last night, Tony Award winner Vanessa Redgrave made a triumphant return to Broadway in the devastating solo piece The Year of Magical Thinking, at the Booth Theatre.
Death Becomes Her
Newsweek – March 26th 2007 Cathleen McGuigan
Vanessa Redgrave is standing in the damp chill of a New York City street smoking a cigarette. It's early January and she's just given a talk, with writer Joan Didion, about "The Year of Magical Thinking," the upcoming one-woman Broadway show that Didion adapted from her 2005 memoir of her husband's death.
What They Were Magically Thinking
New York Magazine – March 26, 2007 Boris Kachka
When you’re Joan Didion writing your first play, you’re allowed to revise up until the last minute. An intimate look— also starring Vanessa Redgrave and David Hare—at one of Broadway’s most anticipated new productions.
'Magical Thinking' opens artistic doors
USA TODAY- March 23rd, 2007 Elysa Gardner
The celebrated author Joan Didion is tiny and soft-spoken and can seem timid when you meet her in person. The celebrated actress Vanessa Redgrave is tall and imposing with a presence so powerful it reverberates through a trans-Atlantic phone call.
Author Joan Didion Talks About Writing and Loss
Star Ledger – March 14th 2007 Elizabeth Birge
If you ask Joan Didion to close her eyes and think of her daughter Quintana, she won't close her eyes.
They remain open, covered with tinted glasses to hide the red from a cold that has plagued her for several weeks and through two rounds of antibiotics. Instead she looks past a visitor toward the windows of her Upper East Side apartment, considers the request to describe the images that come to mind, and says this: "I usually see her as a child."
Dropping By: Writing to Live
AARP – March and April, 2007 Mark Matousek
Bestselling author Joan Didion turned personal tragedy into a powerful tale of heart-wrenching grief—and the strength to go on.
"I’ve been around people who’ve had psychotic breaks, but I hadn’t imagined that someone who didn’t appear to be raving mad could be so crazy,” admits Joan Didion. Reeling from the sudden death of her husband, novelist John Gregory Dunne, and the life-threatening illness of her only daughter, the literary lioness canonized for her cool, gimlet-eyed view of the world discovered she’d gone temporarily “crazy” from grief. Writing her heart-rending memoir of loss and mourning, The Year of Magical Thinking (Knopf, 2005), was her road back to sanity.
A Year in the Life
Playbill - March 6, 2007 Robert Simonson
Joan Didion's stage adaptation of her poignant memoir, "The Year of Magical Thinking," offers new perspective since the book's release. Vanessa Redgrave stars.
The Year Of Hoping For Magic
The New York Times - March 4, 2007 Joan Didion
I AM making these first notes on Monday, Jan. 29, 2007.
Eleven a.m. in a rehearsal studio on West 42nd Street.
New York winter light, floor-to-ceiling glass, a barre, the Bill T. Jones dancers from the next studio taking a break in the corridor.
The theatrical company for “The Year of Magical Thinking” has assembled here for the first of what will be 31 days of work to shape the play for previews beginning March 6 and its Broadway opening March 29.
Vanessa Redgrave Returns to Broadway
Associated Press - March 3, 2007 Jill Lawless
Vanessa Redgrave is intense - on stage, screen or living room sofa.
It can be intimidating in an interview, but it's the quality Joan Didion sought for the starring role in the Broadway adaptation of "The Year of Magical Thinking," her best-selling memoir of the aftermath of her husband's sudden death.
Broadway delves into “Thinking”: Quarter shepards memoir from page to stage
Variety - March 3, 2007 Gordon Cox
It's hard enough for a play to succeed on tuner-centric Broadway -- much less an unflinching play about grief, arriving amid a spring slate unusually crowded with non-musical productions.
"The Year of Magical Thinking," which begins previews at the Booth Theater March 6 for a March 29 opening, aims to stand out by positioning itself as the prestige project of the season, touting four formidable collaborators working on an adaptation of the bestselling memoir.
From Grief to Mourning
Bergen Record – February 11, 2007 Robert Feldberg
There are many family photos in Joan Didion's large, airy Upper East Side living room, but the one that grabs your attention is of a strikingly attractive woman in her early 30s looking directly, confidently at the camera. In her arms is a very young child. It's a picture of the writer, now 72, as a young woman, and the child is her daughter, Quintana, whose fate, and that of Didion's husband, writer John Gregory Dunne, are the subject of "The Year of Magical Thinking," the best-selling memoir of grief that Didion wrote in 2004.
Being Joan Didion
New York Times – May 26th 2006 Campbell Robertson
Soon after the announcement was made last December that Joan Didion would be writing a one-woman play based on her autobiographical book, ''The Year of Magical Thinking,'' Ms. Didion had a meeting with Scott Rudin, the Broadway producer who first proposed the idea, and David Hare, the British playwright who will be directing the production.
CAST & CREATIVE CREDITS
VANESSA REDGRAVE (Joan Didion) last appeared on Broadway in the landmark 2003 production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, for which she received the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. Her other Broadway appearances include the acclaimed revivals of Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending and Ibsen’s The Lady From the Sea. Off-Broadway, Ms. Redgrave performed in the Public Theater production of Antony and Cleopatra, which she also directed, and Vita and Virginia, in addition to scores of major roles on the stage in her native England. In 1998, she and her brother Corin co-produced an early Tennessee Williams play, Not About Nightingales, which Ms. Redgrave discovered at the Royal National Theatre; directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, it then played at Circle in the Square. In 2005, Ms. Redgrave played Euripides’ Hecuba for the RSC, directed by Tony Harrison, at the Kennedy Center and then at BAM. Ms. Redgrave’s many films include, among others, Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment; A Man for All Seasons; Blow-Up; Camelot; Isadora; Mary, Queen of Scots; Julia; The Bostonians; Wetherby, written and directed by David Hare; Prick Up Your Ears; Howards End; A Month by the Lake; Mrs. Dalloway; Cradle Will Rock; The White Countess; most recently Venus; and the upcoming Atonement and Evening. Her American television work includes Arthur Miller’s “Playing for Time,” “Second Serve,” “If These Walls Could Talk 2,” “The Gathering Storm” and the upcoming HBO film of Wallace Shawn’s “The Fever,” directed by Carlo Nero. She has received an Academy Award, two Emmys, two Cannes Film Festival Awards, three Evening Standard Awards, the Olivier Award, the SAG Award, two Golden Globes, the New York Film Critics Circle Award and the National Society of Film Critics Award. Ms. Redgrave has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, since 1995. Dissent Projects, the film company she co-founded with Carlo Nero, has just completed a documentary, Wake Up World, in tribute to UNICEF’s 60th anniversary.
JOAN DIDION (Playwright). Born in California and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Didion has spent her adult life in New York and Los Angeles. Winner of the 2005 National Book Award, The Year of Magical Thinking is one of 13 books by Joan Didion. Her other books include Play It As It Lays, Democracy, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album, Salvador, Miami and Political Fictions. With her husband, John Gregory Dunne, she wrote the screenplays for such pictures as The Panic in Needle Park with Al Pacino, True Confessions with Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall, A Star Is Born with Barbra Streisand and Up Close & Personal with Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert Redford. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which awarded her its 2005 Gold Medal in nonfiction. She also received the 1996 Edward MacDowell Medal, the 1999 Columbia Journalism Award and the 2002 George Polk Book Award. She contributes to various periodicals, most frequently The New York Review of Books.
DAVID HARE (Director) is a playwright who has had ten of his plays presented on Broadway, including Plenty with Kate Nelligan (which he directed and which was subsequently filmed with Meryl Streep); The Secret Rapture with Blair Brown (which he also directed); Skylight with Michael Gambon and Lia Williams; Amy’s View with Judi Dench; The Judas Kiss with Liam Neeson; The Blue Room with Nicole Kidman; Via Dolorosa (in which he also performed); and The Vertical Hour with Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy. His play about the diplomatic process leading up to the Iraq war, Stuff Happens, was presented both at the National Theatre in London and at the Public Theater in New York. His productions as director include plays by Christopher Hampton, George Bernard Shaw and Trevor Griffiths. He directed the first play to originate at the new National Theatre in 1976: Weapons of Happiness by Howard Brenton. He then went on to direct three feature films in the 1980s: Wetherby with Vanessa Redgrave, Judi Dench and Ian Holm; Paris by Night with Charlotte Rampling and Michael Gambon; and Strapless with Blair Brown and Bruno Ganz. In 1986 he directed Anthony Hopkins as King Lear at the National Theatre, and in 1997 he directed the world premiere of Wallace Shawn’s The Designated Mourner with Mike Nichols and Miranda Richardson. His many screenplays include Damage with Juliette Binoche, Jeremy Irons and Miranda Richardson; and The Hours with Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman.
BOB CROWLEY (Scenic Design) is an associate of the National Theatre. He has designed more than 50 productions, including Mary Poppins (London Evening Standard Award), in London for the National, Almeida, Donmar, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Ballet and Royal Opera House. In New York for Lincoln Center Theater: The Coast of Utopia, Carousel (Tony® Award), Hapgood, The Invention of Love (Tony® nomination and Drama Desk Award), Twelfth Night (Tony® nomination). The Public Theater: The Seagull. On Broadway: A Moon for the Misbegotten, Paul Simon’s The Capeman (Tony® nomination), The Iceman Cometh (Tony® nomination), Sweet Smell of Success, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (Tony® Award), The History Boys (Tony® Award). He recently directed and designed Tarzan® on Broadway.
ANN ROTH (Costume Design). Her theatre credits include The Vertical Hour, Hurlyburly, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Singin’ in the Rain, Purlie, The Odd Couple, Butley, Waiting for Godot and The House of Blue Leaves. She received Tony nominations for The Crucifer of Blood, The Royal Family and Present Laughter. Among her many films are Midnight Cowboy, Klute, The Day of the Locust (BAFTA Award), The Goodbye Girl, Coming Home, Hair, The World According to Garp, Sweet Dreams, Working Girl, Sabrina, Silkwood, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Mambo Kings, The Birdcage, Primary Colors, The English Patient (Academy Award), The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Hours, Cold Mountain, Angels in America, The Stepford Wives, The Village, Closer and Evening. In 2000, she received the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award. Upcoming: Deuce and the new film What Just Happened (directed by Barry Levinson).
JEAN KALMAN (Lighting Design). Theatre credits include Festen, Cabaret, The Beautiful Game (London, West End); Festen (Broadway); Happy Days; The Waste Land; Powerbook; The Mahabharata; Richard III (Olivier Award/National Theatre), Lucky Dog, Blasted, Motortown (Royal Court); The Crucible, Pericles (RSC); Julius Caesar (Barbican/European tour). His opera credits include Fidelio (also set design, Glyndebourne), The Turn of the Screw (also set design, Royal Opera House), Elijah (also directed Japan, Florence), Poppea (L.A Opera), La Voix Humaine (Opera North), The Magic Flute (also set design, Opera North), The Dialogues of the Carmelites (Amsterdam, Milan, Paris, Japan), Elektra (Salzburg, Florence) and Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin (Metropolitan Opera).
PAUL ARDITTI (Sound Design) UK and Broadway sound designs include: Billy Elliot The Musical (Olivier Award for Best Sound Design 2006); Festen (Evening Standard Award Best Design 2005, Olivier Award nomination Best Sound Design 2005); The Pillowman (Drama Desk Award Outstanding Sound Design 2005, Olivier Award nomination Best Sound Design 2004); Far Away (Lucille Lortel Award nomination 2004); Sleeping Beauty; As You Like It; There Came A Gypsy Riding; Love Song; Market Boy; The Bee; On Insomnia and Midnight; The Tempest; Tintin; The Crucible; Trade; Enemies; Mary Stuart; Crestfall (Irish Times Theatre Awards nomination Judges’ Special Award 2004); The Chairs (Drama Desk Award nomination Outstanding Sound Design 2003); Four Baboons Adoring the Sun (Drama Desk Award Outstanding Sound Design 1993).
NAOMI DONNE (Hair & Makeup Design). Films include License to Kill, The Crucible, The Object of My Affection, Six Degrees of Separation, The Russia House, Little Women, Chocolat (BAFTA nomination), Zoolander, The Royal Tenenbaums (Hollywood Makeup Guild Award), Meet the Fockers, The Producers. Theatre: London: Song & Dance, Follies, Starlight Express, Mary Poppins; New York: Mary Poppins, Sweet Smell of Success, Aida, Nine, Tarzan.
MAUREEN ANDERMAN (Standby for Ms. Redgrave). B’way: Edward Albee’s Seascape, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Lady From Dubuque (Tony nom.); Benefactors; Social Security; You Can’t Take It With You; The Last of Mrs. Lincoln; Hamlet and Macbeth (both for Lincoln Center Theater); The Man Who Came to Dinner; A History of American Film; Othello; Moonchildren (Theatre World Award). Off-B’way: Passion Play, Later Life, Ancestral Voices, The Waverly Gallery. Regional: Rabbit Hole and The Sisters Rosensweig (Huntington Theatre), Booth Is Back and Betrayal (Long Wharf), First Lady (Yale Rep), Listening, A Moon for the Misbegotten and Tartuffe (Connecticut Critics Award). Film/TV: Final; Man, Woman and Child; The Seduction of Joe Tynan; “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Homicide,” “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd” and “The Equalizer.”
DEBORAH HECHT (Dialect Coach). Broadway: Mary Poppins, Suddenly Last Summer, The Clean House, Festen, ‘night Mother, A Streetcar Named Desire, After the Fall, Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Crucible, Dirty Blonde, Titanic, King and I, Cabaret, Carousel, Angels in America, many others. Off-Broadway: includes LCT, NYTW, MTC, Roundabout, Signature, Second Stage. Regional: includes Guthrie, Hartford, Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Seattle Rep. England: RSC, National. Film: Spinning into Butter (upcoming), Kinsey, Stage Beauty, others. Faculty: NYU Grad Acting.
AURORA PRODUCTIONS (Technical Production). Recent productions include: Bill W. and Dr. Bob; The Vertical Hour; Kiki and Herb; Rufus Wainwright at Carnegie Hall; Faith Healer; The Lieutenant of Inishmore; Three Days of Rain; Jacques Brel; Bridge and Tunnel; Spamalot (NY, Tour, London, Las Vegas); Doubt (NY & Tour). Other Projects include: Caroline, or Change; Fiddler on the Roof; The Full Monty; Man of La Mancha; Proof; Art; Titanic and Tommy. Gene O’Donovan, Ben Heller, Bethany Weinstein, Meghan VonVett and Melissa Mazdra are Aurora Productions.
JAMES TRINER (General Manager), with Stuart Thompson Productions, has served as associate general manager of recent Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including The Vertical Hour, Faith Healer, Red Light Winter, Caroline, or Change, and Take Me Out, as well as the Broadway and touring productions of Doubt, Proof, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Company Manager: Three Days of Rain, Amy’s View, The Blue Room and The Judas Kiss. He was company manager of the Manhattan Theatre Club for three seasons, and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
BT MCNICHOLL (Associate Director) is the recipient of a Drama League Grant and a BMI Award and has directed for the Roundabout Theatre Co., Disney and Kenneth Feld, the Goodspeed Opera House (CT Drama Critics Award, Best Musical), Walnut Street Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Dorset Theatre Festival, among others. He recently staged the European premiere of The Producers; is the lyricist of The IT Girl; and has been associated with Sam Mendes, Jerry Zaks, James Lapine and Rob Marshall on ten other Broadway plays and musicals. Currently working happily with MGM Onstage.
MARTHA DONALDSON (Stage Manager). Credits include Regrets Only (Manhattan Theatre Club); [title of show] (Vineyard Theatre); Oedipus at Palm Springs, A Number, Hedda Gabler, Far Away, Homebody/Kabul, A Streetcar Named Desire, More Stately Mansions (New York Theatre Workshop); Satellites, Well (Public Theater); Theatre of the New Ear, Mabou Mines’ DollHouse (St. Ann’s Warehouse); Talking Heads (Minetta Lane); Trojan Women: A Love Story (En Garde Arts). National tour: The Vagina Monologues.
SCOTT RUDIN (Producer). Films include The Queen (BAFTA Award); Notes on a Scandal; Venus; Failure to Launch; The Life Aquatic; Closer; Team America:World Police; I ♥ Huckabees; The Village; School of Rock; The Hours; Changing Lanes; Iris; The Royal Tenenbaums; Zoolander; Sleepy Hollow; Wonder Boys; Bringing Out the Dead; South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut; The Truman Show (BAFTA Award); A Civil Action; In & Out; Ransom; Mother; The First Wives Club; Clueless; Nobody’s Fool; The Firm; Searching for Bobby Fischer; Sister Act; The Addams Family; Addams Family Values; Little Man Tate; Regarding Henry. Theatre includes Passion (Tony Award); Indiscretions; Hamlet; Seven Guitars; Skylight; On the Town; The Chairs; The Judas Kiss; The Blue Room; Closer (London and New York); Amy’s View; The Wild Party; Copenhagen (Tony Award); The Designated Mourner; The Goat (Tony Award); Medea; Caroline, or Change; The Normal Heart; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Doubt (Tony Award); Red Light Winter; Faith Healer; The History Boys (Tony Award); Shining City; Stuff Happens; The Vertical Hour; and Deuce. Upcoming films: Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret, Noah Baumbach’s Margot at the Wedding, Kim Peirce’s Stop-Loss, Joel and Ethan Coen’s No Country for Old Men, Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited and Fantastic Mr. Fox and Stephen Daldry’s The Reader.
ROGER BERLIND (Producer). Since 1980, Berlind has produced or co-produced on B’way the following plays and musicals: Amadeus; Sophisticated Ladies; Nine; All’s Well That Ends Well; The Rink; The Real Thing; Joe Egg; Precious Sons; Big Deal; Long Day’s Journey Into Night; Ain’t Misbehavin’; Jerome Robbins’ Broadway; Artist Descending a Staircase; City of Angels; Lettice and Lovage; Death and the Maiden; Guys and Dolls; Hamlet; Passion; Indiscretions; Getting Away With Murder; Skylight; A Funny Thing…; Steel Pier; The Life; The Judas Kiss; A View From the Bridge; The Blue Room; Amy’s View; Closer; The Ride Down Mount Morgan; The Wild Party; Copenhagen; Kiss Me, Kate; Proof; Medea; Anna in the Tropics; Caroline, or Change; Wonderful Town; Doubt; Well; The History Boys; Faith Healer; The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial; The Vertical Hour; Deuce and Curtains.
DARYL ROTH (Producer) is privileged to have produced five Pulitzer Prize winning plays: Proof; Wit; How I Learned to Drive; Three Tall Women; and Anna in the Tropics. Current Productions: Curtains starring David Hyde Pierce; Inherit the Wind starring Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy; Deuce starring Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes; Coram Boy. Other distinguished productions: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Caroline or Change; Salome; Medea; Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Beckett/Albee; Thom Pain; De La Guarda; Old Wicked Songs; The Play About the Baby; Closer Than Ever. Ms. Roth serves on the Board of Directors of Lincoln Center Theatre, Sundance Institute and New York State Council on the Arts. Awards and honors: The National Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Patron of the Arts Award, Jewish Theological Seminary’s Louis Marshall Award, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Spirit of Achievement Award, and The National Corporate Theatre Fund’s Chairman Award. Love to Steven and my wonderful family.
DEBRA BLACK (Producer) serves on the boards of The Public Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, the American Associates of the Royal National Theatre, and The Living Room for Artists. Mrs. Black is Vice-Chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts and chairs the Performing Arts committee. On Broadway, she has produced 16 Wounded, Sly Fox, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Pillowman, The History Boys, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, The Times They’re a changin’, Butley, The Vertical Hour. Off-Broadway productions include Ears on a Beatle and Woman Before a Glass. Current projects on Broadway include Deuce, Inherit the Wind, Frost/Nixon and the Coram Boy.
THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION (Producer) in the forefront of the American theatre since the start of the 20th century, is responsible for the ownership and/or operation of 21 theatres in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Under the leadership of Gerald Schoenfeld, Chairman; Philip J. Smith, President; and Robert E. Wankel, Executive Vice-President, the firm continues its involvement in the presentation of distinguished theatrical productions. Some of the firm’s most notable productions include Cats, Sunday in the Park With George, Dreamgirls, Little Shop of Horrors, The Heidi Chronicles, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Lettice & Lovage, Dancin’, Amadeus, The Gin Game and Passion. The Shubert Organization is dedicated to a continuing campaign for the revitalization of the American theatre and participation in civic and community affairs. Its wide range of operation has proven highly effective in New York and throughout the country.
STUART THOMPSON (Executive Producer) is a co-producer of this season’s Deuce. Past producing credits include the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof; also The Retreat From Moscow, The Play What I Wrote, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Not About Nightingales and The Chairs. Off-Broadway: Red Light Winter and The Shape of Things. He has been general manager for numerous Broadway productions, most recently Doubt, Faith Healer, Three Days of Rain and The Vertical Hour.
JOHN BARLOW (Executive Producer) is a partner, with Michael Hartman, in the theatrical public relations agency, Barlow•Hartman. Incorporated in 1999, the firm has represented more than 100 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Current Broadway productions include The Producers, Company, A Moon for the Misbegotten, A Chorus Line, Wicked, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Color Purple and Legally Blonde. Off-Broadway productions include In the Heights, The Fantasticks and Second Stage. Upcoming projects include Mel Brooks’ new musical Young Frankenstein, Grease, Billy Elliot The Musical, Porgy and Bess, Leap of Faith and Pal Joey.