Friday, June 8, 2012

Kathleen Turner Returns to Long Wharf

Kathleen Turner returns to Long Wharf Theatre during the 2012-13 season, to star in and direct The Killing of Sister George, a new adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher of the play by Frank Marcus.  

The show will replace the previously announced God of Carnage on the schedule and will take place Nov. 28-Dec. 23. 

“I announce this change in our season schedule with overwhelming excitement,” said Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein. “We are thrilled to welcome the great Kathleen Turner back to our stage.” 

The estate of Frank Marcus has given Hatcher permission to re-envision the original 1964 play. “This is going to be another level of challenge to me. I truly enjoy directing. I love creating the overall picture, which is more than an actor usually gets to do,” Turner said.  

By day June Buckridge (Turner) plays Sister George tending to the sick and poor on the radio hit “Applehurst.” By night, she chews on cigars, swills gin and lets nothing and no one stand in her way, including her long suffering “secretary” Childie. When “Applehurst”’s ratings plummet, Sister George is shuffled meekly off to the Great Beyond. June refuses to go quietly from her starring perch, however, in this bawdy and witty comedy.

Turner is best known for a series of starring film roles in the 1980s, including Body Heat (Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year), The Man With Two Brains, Crimes of Passion, Romancing the Stone (Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy), The Jewel of the Nile, The War of the Roses (Golden Globe nomination), Prizzi’s Honor (Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy), Peggy Sue Got Married (Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination), Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Serial Mom, and The Virgin Suicides, among many others.  

She also appeared at Long Wharf Theatre during the 1986-87 season as Marguerite Gautier in Camille. 

The Killing of Sister George rounds out Long Wharf Theatre’s 2012-13 season. Previously announced shows are Satchmo at the Waldorf, by Terry Teachout; January Joiner, by Laura Jacqmin; Curse of the Starving Class, by Sam Shepard; Ride the Tiger, by William Mastrosimone; and Clybourne Park, by Bruce Norris. 

For more information about Long Wharf Theatre 2012-13 season, visit www.longwharf.org or call 203-787-4282. 

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