La Femme Theatre Productions presents the revival of Tennessee William’s A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, directed by Austin Pendleton. After staging a string of successful co-productions with top Off-Broadway theater companies, La Femme is thrilled to debut its first solo production. Performances begin on September 14 and run through October 21, 2018, with opening night on September 23 at Theatre at the St. Clement’s(423 West 46th St).
In Tennessee Williams’s unique tragicomedy, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, four women in Depression-era St. Louis live and work together in a valiant effort to stave off loneliness and despair. And, along the way, they uncover false idols — and maybe even themselves.
Cast includes Kristine Nielsen (Broadway:Present Laughter, You Can’t Take It With You, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike -Tony nomination)
Annette O’Toole (TV: “Smallville,” “Man from Nebraska,” “The Kennedys of Massachusetts”- Emmy, Golden Globe nom;NY: Southern Comfort –Lucille Lortel award, Drama Desk and Drama League nom)
JeanLichty (NY: The Traveling Lady, Nora, A Loss of Roses)
Polly McKie (NY:The Home Place, A Day by the Sea. Film: Unsane).
“I think some of the late plays of Tennessee’s are some of his best. I think he strikes out in many bold, gentle, brave, funny and very touching directions in these plays. And I think that ‘A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur’ is one of the gentlest, funniest, loveliest, and most moving of Tennessee’s later plays — actually of all his plays. And they could not be better served than by our brilliant cast. These women know all about acting, about Tennessee, about life and the idea of all four of them together makes me tingle.” Director, Austin Pendleton
Creative team includes Harry Feiner (Set and Lighting Designer), Beth Goldenberg (Costume Designer), Leah Loukas (Wig and Hair Design), Carrie Mossman (Prop Designer), Amy Stoller (Dialect Designer and Dramaturg), Ron Piretti (Fight Director), Stephanie Klapper(Casting Director), Gary Levinson (Production Manager), Marci Skolnik (Production Stage Manager), and Lisa Dozier King(General Manager).
La Femme Theatre Productionsis 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”.La Femme then co-produced Clifford Odets’s Rocket to the Moon(featuring Katie McClellan, Marilyn Matarrese, Ned Eisenberg, Larry Bull,and Jonathan Hadary – Drama Desk nomination), Ingmar Bergman’s Nora, and last season’s Off-Broadway hit – Horton Foote’s The Traveling Lady (featuring Tony Award nominee Karen Ziemba and Lynn Cohen).
Austin Pendleton (Director)B.A. Yale University, 1961; studied acting in NY with Herbert Berghof, Uta Hagen and Robert Lewis. Apprenticed at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Acting: IVANOV (CSC), Rosmersholm(Pearl Theatre), The Last Will, Love Drunk andAnother Vermeer (Abingdon), Mother Courage and Romeo and Juliet (Public Theatre, Shakespeare In The Park), Limonade Tous Les Jours (The Cell), Small Craft Warnings (Mother Of Invention), The Sunset Limited (Steppenwolf in Chicago, 59e59 in NY). Broadway: The Diary of Anne Frank, Doubles, Hail Scrawdyke!(Derwent Award), The Little Foxes andFiddler on the Roof, Off-Broadway:The Sorrows of Frederick, The Black Monk, Hughie, Sophistry, Educating Rita, The Last Sweet Days of Isaac(Obie and Drama Desk Awards) And Oh Dad… Title roles inHamlet, Richard III,and Richard II(Off-Off-Broadway), King Lear, Waiting for Godot andQuills(New Rep, Boston); Ivanovand Tartuffe (Yale Rep); Amadeus(Cleveland Playhouse). Film: Bad City(DVD), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, A Beautiful Mind, Trial and Error, The Associate, Guarding Tess, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, The Muppet Movie, Starting Over, Front Page, What’s up Doc, Skidoo, Catch-22.TV: “100 Centre Street,” “Oz,” “Homicide,” “St. Elsewhere.” Directing–Broadway: Spoils of War, The Little Foxes(Tony Nomination), John Gabriel Borkman, The Runner Stumblesand Shelter.Directing–Off-Broadway: The Traveling Lady and Nora (Cherry Lane), Hamlet, Ivanov, Three Sisters (Obie Award)andUncle Vanya(CSC); Between Riverside and Crazy(Pulitzer Prize) Vieux Carré and Toys in the Attic(Pearl), Fifty Words(MCC). Directing–London: Detroit(National Theatre). Directing–Regional: The Birthday Party, Detroit, Love Song, Frankie and Johnny, Harvey, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Three Sisters, Loose Ends, andSay Goodnight Gracie(Steppenwolf). Fathers and Sons, Beach House, The Master Builder, Miss Julie andThe Dance of Death(Long Wharf). King Lear, Electra, Angel Street, and The Cherry Orchard(Whole Theatre). Playwright: Orson’s Shadow, Uncle Bob, Booth. Librettist: A Minister’s Wife. Recipient of 2007 Drama Desk Special Award as Renaissance Man of the American Theatre.