Auntie Mame for NYTW and Ivo van Hove
My wife Lesley and I both did a reading of Auntie Mame for NYTW this week. Acclaimed director Ivo van Hove (artistic director of the theater Toneelgroep in Amsterdam) and his frequent collaborator, the actress Elizabeth Marvel, are looking for a new project to work on together. van Hove is known for his desconstructive and abstract productions of classic plays, including The Little Foxes, Hedda Gabbler, and A Streetcar Named Desire at NYTW. Auntie Mame originally starred Rosalind Russell, and was adapted into both a film and a wildly popular musical, Mame. Marvel took the title role in the NYTW reading, with Billy Porter as Vera Charles, Jason Butler Harner as Beauregard/O'Bannion and Richard Kind as Mr. Babcock and Mother Burnside. I had a nice scene as a blue collar guy who hangs up wallpaper, and later played a groom (New York and Southern accents all in the same play). Not a bad afternoon.
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