Barrymore reunites Rep Stage favorite Nigel Reed and Steven Carpenter, director of Rep’s acclaimed ‘08 production of Trumbo: Red, White and Blacklisted
WHEN: October 26 through November 13, 2011
The faded glamour of the 1940s theatre comes to life as Rep Stage favorite and Helen Hayes Award-winning actor Nigel Reed (Travels With My Aunt, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Judas Kiss) reunites with the director of 2008’s Trumbo: Red, White, and Blacklisted to portray stage legend John Barrymore as he rehearses a comeback performance of his triumphal Richard III. Mr. Reed delivers a comedic yet haunting portrayal of the acclaimed stage and screen actor from the legendary Barrymore family, icons of the American Theatre.
Michael Stebbins, Rep Stage’s producing artistic director, chose Barrymore with Nigel Reed in mind. “I’ve had Barrymore on my ‘list’ for a number of years,” says Stebbins. “I was front row center when Christopher Plummer performed the role on Broadway, and I’ve never forgotten the experience. A couple of years ago, while vising New York City, I was talking with a fellow director who also wanted to produce Barrymore. He said, ‘You can’t do Barrymore without an actor capable of ‘being Barrymore.’’ I told my friend that I had a Barrymore in the form of actor Nigel Reed. He replied, ‘You most certainly do,’ as he had directed both Nigel and myself in Rep’s production of‘ Mrs. Warren’s Profession a few seasons ago. I spoke to Nigel about it, and he was sold on it. And, since Nigel worked with director Steven Carpenter so beautifully on Rep’s Trumbo: Red, White and Blacklisted, I thought this would be an ideal teaming. I hope audiences will be highly entertained and moved by this production.”
A post-show reception follows the Saturday, October 29, evening performance and free post-show discussions follow the November 4 and 11 performances.
A pre-show lecture by assistant film professor and critic Mike Giuliano, who will speak on "Barrymore on Screen,” will complement Barrymore before the November 12 matinee beginning at 12:30 PM in Monteabaro Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information on post-show discussions and the pre-show lecture, visit www.repstage.org.
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