(via Joe Trentacosta) 

PHYLICIA RASHAD joins EMILY MANN

“In Conversation” with 

La Femme’s JEAN LICHTY

to kick-off 

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’S 110th Birthday Celebration 

followed by 

the

ENCORE presentation of

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’S THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA 

Directed by EMILY MANN

Featuring 

DYLAN MCDERMOTT, PHYLICIA RASHAD, 

ROBERTA MAXWELL, AUSTIN PENDLETON, and JEAN LICHTY 

Streaming from March 25 to 28, 2021

 

 La Femme Theatre Productions‘ presentation of Tennessee Williams’s The Night of the Iguana, directed by Emily Mann, was initially streamed this past December and raised nearly $17K for The Actors Fund. La Femme is thrilled to present an Encore streaming of The Night of the Iguana in celebration of Tennessee Williams’s 110th birthday on March 26, 2021. The event will begin March 25 at 7 PM with La Femme’s executive director Jean Lichty, “In Conversation” with Tony-nominee and Theater Hall of Fame-inductee, director Emily Mann and five-time Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad. Iguana will stream through March 28, 2021.  Encore tickets range from $15 – $250. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit Stellartickets.com.

The presentation will feature Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Dylan McDermott (Netflix’s “Hollywood”) as Reverand Shannon, Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad  (Broadway’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) as Maxine, Roberta Maxwell (Broadway’s Summer and Smoke) as Judith Fellowes, Tony nominee, Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Austin Pendleton (Broadway’s Choir Boy) as Nonno, Jean Lichty (Off-Broadway’s A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, The Traveling Lady) as Hannah, with Keith Randolph Smith (Broadway’s Jitney, American Psycho) as Jake, Carmen Berkeley (Off-Broadway’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord) as Charlotte, Eliud Kauffman (Roundabout Theatre’s 72 Miles to Go) as Hank, Julio Macias (Netflix’s “On My Block”) as Pancho, Stephanie Schmiderer (No Exit, The Human Voice) as Frau Fahrenkopf, Bradley James Tejeda (Broadway’s The Inheritance) as Pedro, and John Hans Tester (Amazon’s “Hunters”) as Herr Fahrenkopf.

In Tennessee Williams’s The Night of the Iguana, a defrocked clergyman encounters inside disturbances amid outside disturbances during one stormy night at the Costa Verde Hotel in Acapulco as the world prepares for World War II. After four women of different ages and backgrounds, along with a 97-year-old poet, engage in the clergyman’s spiritual struggles, their lives leap dramatically forward. And the catalytic, defrocked clergyman survives the night.

“Thrilled to see how well received our initial presentation of Tennessee Williams’s ‘The Night of the Iguana’ was and very thankful that we were able to raise $17K for the indispensable work of The Actors Fund, we at La Femme are eager to do more. So, La Femme will celebrate Tennesee on his 110th birthday with an encore benefit presentation of one of his most venerated plays,with the brilliant Emily Mann at the helm of an extraordinary cast.” 

Jean Lichty, La Femme Executive Director

The creative team includes Beowulf Boritt (Set / Background Design), Darron L West (Music and Sound Effects), Amy Stoller (Dramaturg and Language Consultant), Stephanie Klapper (Casting Director), Cheryl Mintz (Production Stage Manager), and LDK Productions/ Lisa Dozier King (General Management).

La Femme Theatre Productions is an all-inclusive theater company dedicated to the exploration and celebration of the universal female experience. La Femme launched in 2014 as an associate producer of William Inge’s lost gem, A Loss of Roses, featuring Deborah Hedwall and Patricia Hodges, which Terry Teachout called “a triumphant exhumation” and included in the Wall Street Journal’s “2014 Best Theater,” and of Clifford Odets’s Rocket to the Moon, featuring Katie McClellan, Marilyn Matarrese, Ned Eisenberg, Larry Bull, and Jonathan Hadary – Drama Desk nomination. Then, La Femme co-produced Ingmar Bergman’s “Nora” in 2015, followed by the 2017 Off-Broadway hit — Horton Foote’s “The Traveling Lady, featuring Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba and Lynn Cohen.In 2018, La Femme produced Williams’s A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur with Kristine Nielsen and Annette O’Toole and, in 2020, streamed a digital presentation of his The Night of the Iguana, directed by Emily Mann and featuring Dylan McDermott and Phylicia Rashad.

Jean Lichty has appeared Off-Broadway in A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, The Traveling Lady, Nora, A Loss of Roses, The Moth’s Mentors, Muses, and Monsters, Letting Billy, Newton’s Wad, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Golden Boy, and The Einstein Doll; and regionally in A Loss of Roses at Arkansas Rep and Bus Stop at Olney Theatre Center. Her films include Close Call (Sundance Finalist) and Durang’s Wanda’s Visit. After graduating from Barnard College with theater honors, she trained with William Esper, Wynn Handman, and Larry Moss. She is the proud founder and Executive Director of La Femme Theatre Productions.

Emily Mann is a Tony-nominated playwright and director and the Tony Award-winning Artistic Director of the McCarter Theatre Center, where she wrote 15 new plays/adaptations, directed over 50 shows, and produced 180 productions. Broadway productions include Execution of Justice, Having Our Say, Anna in the Tropics, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Currently developing The Pianist for Broadway and the musical Prairie Rose, she wrote Having Our SayExecution of Justice, Still Life, Annulla, An Autobiography; Greensboro (A Requiem)Meshugah, Mrs. PackardHoodwinked (a Primer on Radical Islamism), and seven adaptations. Her play, Gloria: A Life, ran Off-Broadway and aired on PBS’s Great Performances. Her many awards include the Peabody, Hull Warriner, NAACP, 6 Obies, Guggenheim, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwrights’ Award, Margo Jones Award, TCG Visionary Leadership Award, Lilly Award for Lifetime Achievement, and Theater Hall of Fame. 

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Dylan McDermott as Reverend Shannon and  Phylicia Rashad  as Maxine

Tennessee Williams’s The Night of the Iguana 

Directed by Emily Mann

Performances will stream online March 25 – 28, 2021

March 25 at 7 PM

Conversation with Jean Lichty, Emily Mann and Phylicia Rashad 

Tickets are $15 – $250  and can be purchased by visiting Stellartickets.com.

For more information about La Femme Theatre Productions please visit

 LaFemmeTheatreProductions.org.

 “The Night of the Iguana” is presented by special arrangement
with The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee and Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com.

 

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