•• Comedian Brad Garrett has already signed up Ray Romano, Elizabeth Perkins, Willie Garson, Mimi Rogers, Stephanie Hunt, Dennis Phillips, Karina Jett and yours truly to join the fun and excitement of his Maximum Hope Foundation Charity Poker Tournament benefiting families with children battling life-limiting illnesses September 22 at noon in MGM Grand’s poker room in Las Vegas. Please join, the first-place prize is $10,000.
•• Additional casting has been announced for the upcoming 25th anniversary reading of Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias, which will be presented Sept. 9 at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
Presented by David Youse, Four Things Productions in association with L.A. Works, the reading will be directed by two-time Tony Award winner Judith Ivey. The cast will be led by the previously announced Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner Frances Conroy, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Elizabeth Perkins, Jennifer Coolidge and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Annie Potts, along with just announced cast members Jill Larson (“All My Children”) and Mae Whitman (“Parenthood”).
The performance, which will raise awareness and funds for The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, will be followed by a VIP reception. The event will also feature lighting design by Leigh Allen, sound design by Shannon Slaton, technical direction by David Toledo, props by Kent Rogers and graphic design by Studio 56.
Show time will be 6 PM. The Broad Stage is located at 1310 11th Street in Santa Monica, CA. For tickets and additional information, please visit the official website at www.steelmagnolias-25years.org.
•• Santa Monica’s Broad Stage will present a 25th anniversary reading of Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias on September 9th to be directed by Judith Ivey. Presented by David Youse and Four Things Productions in association with L.A. Works, the reading will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The cast will feature Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates (Ouiser), Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Elizabeth Perkins (M’Lynn) and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Annie Potts (Clairee) along with additional cast members to be announced shortly.
Steel Magnolias, according to press notes, “is the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together in a variety of ways. Both humorous and heart-wrenching, all of the action of the play takes place solely on one set — Truvy’s beauty salon, which is part of her house. There are only six characters (all female) who appear onstage; a disc jockey’s voice is also heard during the play. All the other characters who appear in the film version, such as the males in the ladies’ lives, are only referred to in the play’s dialogue.”
The benefit reading will also feature lighting design by Leigh Allen, sound design by Shannon Slaton, technical direction by David Toledo, props by Kent Rogers and graphic design by Studio 56.
Show time will be 6 PM. The Broad Stage is located at 1310 11th Street in Santa Monica, CA. For tickets and additional information, visit the website at www.steelmagnolias-25years.org.
•• Interview from The 1988 Project! – Ms Perkins is a star of stage and screen, getting her Broadway start in the great Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (when they renamed the Alvin Theater, “The Neil Simon”) I could go on forever about her many memorable projects and how much she has contributed to our pop culture lexicon. This is evident by her multiple nominations for her work on the TV show Weeds. “Indian Summer“, “28 Days” and “He Said/She Said“, the list of projects is endlessly great. I can not watch He Said/She Said enough and have always thought it was such an original concept in the way the story flows back and forth, like Pulp Fiction if it was a romantic comedy. Oh my gosh, I can’t forget Barry Levinson’s “Avonlea“. A perfect movie about the joys and heartbreak of family. When I worked at Johns Hopkins I tried to track down the locations! But, as always, as much as we want to ask her questions about everything, we focus our attentions to 1988. In 1988, Ms Perkins starred in the top grossing comedy Big and the drama/comedy Sweetheart’s Dance. Big would go on to be the 4th highest grossing movie of 1988 and be said to launch the next level of success for many of its stars, director Penny Marshall, and screenwriter Gary Ross (Pleasantville, The Hunger Games). Her performance as an executive trying to find a new sense of wonderment through 13 year old turned 30 year old Josh Baskin, is the stuff of movie legends. Welcome Ms Perkins to the 1988 film project.
•• 1988 Film Project: What do remember about 1988?
– That smoking was banned on airplanes, The Boss separated from his non-Jersey girl wife Julianne Phillips, and the Bush-Quayle ticket
•• Big would go on to be one of the highest grossing movies of 1988, despite a full slate of body switching films that year (18 Again!, Vice Versa,etc). However, your acting roots are in the theater.When it comes to making a production that will make an audience laugh, is there more pressure in a film or a theatrical performance?
– I was blessed, as T-Hanks was a consummate actor; giving, blessed, truly gifted. There were many body changing movies, but Big was the one that had heart. There is pressure on film AND theater when big money involved. Fear is a motivating factor of so many projects…sad but true. You can’t be truly creative in FEAR.
•• If you could go back to 1988 and change anything, would you? What would it be?
– Bush/Quayle; Get tickets to Amnesty international concert and MY HAIR (I am adding in the Vimeo Link of the HBO concerts…6 weeks of Sting, Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Tracey Chapman….wow,now I wish I had gone too!)