Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Broadway and Regional actress Myra Lucretia Taylor known for her Broadway credits in The Tempest (Ceres), Nine (Saraghina), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Victoria), Macbeth (as a Witch), Electra, A Streetcar Named Desire (Flower Vendor & Negro Woman), Mule Bone (Understudy) Wicked (Madame Morrible) and numerous Off-Broadway credits and Regional Credits including The Colored Museum, American Clock, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck), The Old Settler (Mrs. Pike) and with The Royal Shakespeare Company as Paulina The Winter's Tale. Myra will play the title servant role in the 2011 Chicago world premiere of Thomas Bradshaw's absurdist comic drama Mary, a play that is commissioned and produced by The Goodman Theatre.
The Director May Adrales stages the play, according to the Goodman notes, "takes a provocative, wickedly funny view on families, political correctness and the changing nature of bigotry in contemporary America" and will challenge audiences in their views such as their earlier shows "All The Rage," ""Magnolia" and others.
In the new play, Ms. Taylor leads an well known ensemble cast as the Jennings family's domestic servant, Mary. This exciting cast also includes Barbara Garrick (best known for her performance as DeDe in Armistead Maupin's cult hit "Tales of the City" and his sequel "Further Tales of the City" along with her role as Allison Perkins on "One Life to Live" not to mention her stage credits in "Eastern Standard", and "A Thousand Clowns" as Mary's employer, Dolores Jennings; Scott Jaeck from the Goodman's recently acclaimed production of "The Seagull," the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play "August: Osage County" and who's television credits include "Santa Barbara" as Cain Carver, "Charmed" as Samuel Wilder, "ER" as Samuel Wilder and in the historical final episode of "Seinfeld" as an Officer as Dolores' husband, James Jennings; Alex Weisman from "The History Boys" and "Peter Pan-A Play" as Dolores and James' gay son, David. Eddie Bennet from "War with the Newts" and " Twelfth Night" as David's boyfriend, Jonathan; Cedric Young who appeared in August Wilson's Broadway production "Radio Golf" as Mary's husband, Elroy; and Steve Pickering who recently was seen in The Seagull, and whose many other credits include Death of a Salesman, Macbeth, Othello, Long Days Journey Into Night, Good Person of Setzuan, King Lear, and productions from famed director Michael Maggio Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Nights Dream as the family’s priest.
Mary which looks to challenge the audiences perceptions of contemporary America runs Feb. 5-March 6, 2011, in the Goodman's Owen Theatre. Opening night is Feb. 14.
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