The long and remarkable career of actress Elizabeth Wilson, who died on May 9, will be marked on June 29 at an event sponsored by one of her New York home bases, off-Broadway company Primary Stages. “A Celebration of Elizabeth Wilson,” a memorial tribute to the Tony Award winning actress and Theatre Hall of Fame honoree will be held at 2 PM at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Cherry Jones, John Glover, Reed Birney, A.R. Gurney, Joyce Van Patten, Fritz Weaver, Casey Childs, Elizabeth Morton and other friends and colleagues will offer tributes. It’s open to the public; reserve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilson made her Broadway debut in Picnic in 1952, won a Tony Award for her performance in David Rabe’s Sticks And Bones in 1972, and was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2006. She appeared in Broadway or off-Broadway productions of Ah, Wilderness!, Morning’s at Seven; Desk Set; A Delicate Balance and Uncle Vanya, among many others. A favorite of Mike Nichols, she was seen in The Graduate, Catch-22, Day Of The Dolphin, Regarding Henry, Nine To Five and most recently in Hyde Park On Hudson, among many other films. A longtime supporter of Primary Stages, Wilson served on the Artistic Advisory Board at the company’s inception in 1984 and in 1989 joined the Board of Directors.
“As an actress, Elizabeth Wilson was an American national treasure,” said Primary Stages Founder & Executive Producer Casey Childs. “As a member of Primary Stages’ board for over thirty years, Elizabeth was invaluable in her steadfast commitment to our company and our mission of developing new plays by new playwrights.”
Lincoln Center Theater says Tammy Blanchard, Patrick Breen, John Benjamin Hickey, Alex Hurt, Kellie Overbey, John Pankow, and Stephen Plunkett have been cast in Peter Parnell‘s Dada Woof Papa Hot, a new play to be directed by Scott Ellis slated to begin performances October 15 and open November 9 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. It’s about an older married gay couple with a three-year-old daughter and a life they fought for decades to be allowed to lead. But in the course of one school year, they and their friends struggle with what it means to be married with children at this head-spinning cultural moment. The show will have sets by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Jennifer von Mayrhauser, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski, and original music and sound by John Gromada.
The Illusionists, that Vegas-style magic act that had a Broadway run last year, is again adding New York to its touring slate. Producers Simon Painter, Tim Lawson, MagicSpace Entertainment, and Road Show Entertainment LLC say the seven performers will materialize at the Neil Simon Theatre from November 19 through January 3, 2016. They are Jonathan Goodwin (The Daredevil), James More (The Deceptionist) and Raymond Crowe (The Unusualist), are set to join returning audience favorites Yu Ho-Jin (The Manipulator), Jeff Hobson (The Trickster), Dan Sperry (The Anti-Conjurer) and Adam Trent (The Futurist).
“We are thrilled to be returning to Broadway this holiday season where we were so warmly welcomed just a year ago,” said producer Simon Painter. “Audiences are in store for even more astounding and extreme illusions and tricks.” Watch the wallet.