Dylan McDermott Featured in American Premiere of Tennessee Williams’ “Baby Doll”
Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll was condemned in its time for its tale of commercial and erotic vengeance. Now, a new adaptation of Williams’ 1956 film masterpiece makes its American premiere at McCarter Theatre Center on September 11 through October 11, 2015.
The cast includes Patricia Conolly (Aunt Rose Comfort), Susannah Hoffman (Baby Doll), Robert Joy (Archie Lee), Brian McCann (Sheriff), and Dylan McDermott (Silva Vacarro).
French theatre writer, adaptor, and director Pierre Laville wrote a new adaptation of Baby Doll which premiered to critical praise in Paris at the Théâtre de l’Atelier in 2009. Laville, having worked as a translator of Emily Mann’s work on numerous occasions, suggested she adapt the piece for an American audience. Mann, having directed a number of other major Tennessee Williams’ productions in the past, began the process of shaping Baby Doll anew by streamlining the story and pacing. A reading of the Laville/Mann adaptation was featured as part of McCarter’s Lab Series in January of 2015.
About the production, Director/co-Adaptor Emily Mann said: “Tennessee (Williams) is one of our greats. I’ve directed many of his plays, including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Baby Doll is another glorious Williams creation. Funny, erotic and dangerous – it’s a love story, but it’s also about the awakening of a young woman – both in terms of her sexuality and her own agency.”
In addition to twenty-five full length plays, Williams produced dozens of short plays and screenplays, two novels, a novella, sixty short stories, over one-hundred poems and an autobiography. Among his many awards, he won two Pulitzer Prizes and four New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards.
For tickets, call (609) 258-2787 or visit http://mccarter.org/babydoll.
McCarter Theatre is located at 91 University Place in Princeton, NJ.