Elizabeth Perkins in The 25th Anniversary Reading of “Steel Magnolias”


•• 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.

Elizabeth Perkins at Disney/ABC Television Group 2012 TCA Summer Press Tour Party

•• Last night, Elizabeth Perkins attended the 2012 Disney ABC Television TCA summer press tour party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel to promote her new show “How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)” in Beverly Hills. Photos from the event have been added into the photogallery, enjoy!

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Elizabeth Perkins: “How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)” at 2012 Summer TCA Tour!

•• Elizabeth Perkins spoke on stage about her upcoming new show “How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)” with her cast mates Brad Garrett and Sarah Chalke, as well as Executive Producers Claudia Lonow and Francie Calfo during the Disney/ABC Television Group portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour on July 27th in Beverly Hills.

Star Elizabeth Perkins was asked if she is going to return to Weeds: “No, they can’t afford me anymore”, she deadpanned. “No, it wasn’t really up to me anyway”.

 

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New twitter and Instagram Photos

•• Just added new personal photos that Elizabeth Perkins posted in her twitter @ElizbethPerkins and instagram accounts. Check all them at the photo gallery! 🙂


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“The 1988 Project” Interview with Elizabeth Perkins

•• 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!)

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“How To Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)” will premiere in January 2013!

•• With ABC announcing their new primetime schedule for the 2012-2013 television season today “How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)” will be premiering mid-season which will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in January 2013, no official premiere date has been announced yet!

“How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)” stars (Sarah Chalke) Polly, a single mom who’s been divorced for almost a year. The transition wasn’t easy for her, especially in this economy. So, like a lot of young people living in this new reality, she and her daughter, Natalie (Rachel Eggleston), have moved back home with her eccentric parents, Elaine (Elizabeth Perkins) and Max (Brad Garrett). But Polly and her parents look at life through two different lenses. Polly’s too uptight. Her parents are too laid back. Polly’s conservative when it comes to dating (no action, whatsoever), while her parents are still sexually adventurous. They think Polly turned out okay, so what’s the big deal? Well, they say it takes a village to raise a child…and in Polly’s case, this village is on fire. But with help from her best friend Gregg (Orlando Jones), her lovable yet irresponsible ex-husband Julian (Jon Dore) and her cool and fun assistant Jenn (Rebecca Delgado Smith) Polly takes her first steps toward getting a life, starting with a social one.

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