There passed weeks without any big news about Kathryn and now every day something new. So wonderful, Kathryn will be back on stage. I like Anthony LaPaglia a lot but can't imagine him as Nixon yet. Let's wait for first rehearsal articles - toi toi toi.
Meet the Nixons: Anthony LaPaglia, Kathryn Erbe Will Star in ‘Checkers’Douglas McGrath’s play “Checkers” this fall at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theater, executives there announced on Friday. The play, set during the 1952 presidential election, is a character study of Nixon (then the Republican nominee for vice president) as well as a rendering of the Nixon marriage in a moment of crisis, as he delivered his so-called Checkers speech addressing allegations of financial improprieties.
Mr. LaPaglia won the Tony for best actor in a play in 1998 as Eddie Carbone in that season’s Broadway revival of “A View from the Bridge”; his last stage role in New York was in the 2010 Broadway revival of “Lend Me a Tenor.” Ms. Erbe, whose television credits also include “Oz,” and who is a member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company ensemble in Chicago, was nominated for a featured Tony in 1991 for “The Speed of Darkness.”
“Checkers” will be directed by another Steppenwolf ensemble member, Terry Kinney, who is divorced from Ms. Erbe. Mr. Kinney directed the Broadway play “reasons to be pretty” in 2009.
The production’s other cast members are Kelly Coffield Park, Joel Marsh Garland, Kevin O’Rourke, John Ottovino, Mark Shanahan, Lewis J. Stadlen and Robert Stanton. The playwright, Mr. McGrath, shared an Academy Award nomination with Woody Allen for best original screenplay for their 1994 movie “Bullets Over Broadway.” Mr. McGrath also wrote and directed the 1996 film adaptation of “Emma,” which starred Gwyneth Paltrow.
“Checkers” is scheduled to begin preview performance on Oct. 12 and open on Oct. 28.
So funny that Terry Kinney will direct Checkers.
It’s 1952. A young Richard Nixon is campaigning as his party’s candidate for Vice-President, his wife Pat proudly at his side, when an accusation of financial impropriety almost ends his promising career. In a momentous speech, he takes charge of his fate, and changes the character of American politics forever. CHECKERS is a revelatory look at Nixon’s drive, history and most surprisingly, his marriage to Pat – all of which are explored with insight, blistering wit and unexpected tenderness. A gripping new play from Douglas McGrath, author of such noted films as INFAMOUS and EMMA. Directed by Terry Kinney (REASONS TO BE PRETTY, AFTER ASHLEY).
OCT 12- NOV 18
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