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Amanda Plummer Returns to NY Stage in Off-Broadway Production of Tennessee Williams' TWO-CHARACTER PLAY




New York, NY (4/1/13) - Tony and three-time Emmy Award-winner Amanda Plummer will return to the New York stage after a 15-year absence, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Brad Dourif (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) in the Off-Broadway premiere production of Tennessee Williams' rarely seen The Two-Character Play at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). Previews begin Monday, June 10. Opening Night is set for June 19 at 8:00 p.m. Equal parts Southern Gothic thriller, black comedy and psychological drama, the work, written during a time of great personal strife, is abstractly based on Williams' close yet complicated relationship with his sister, Rose. Gene David Kirk directs.

Reality and fantasy are interwoven with terrifying power as two actors on tour-brother and sister-find themselves deserted by their troupe. Faced by an audience expecting a performance, they enact The Two-Character Play. As they dip in and out of performance they find it difficult to differentiate themselves from their roles and reality from illusion.

The Two-Character Play is being produced by Robert Driemeyer, Jim A. Landé, and Morgan Sills, with General Management by Brierpatch Productions (Laura Janik Cronin & Scott Newsome), Casting by wojcik/seay casting (Scott Wojcik & Gayle Seay) and Marketing by Ron Johnson.

The performance schedule, production team and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

The Two-Character Play debuted in 1967 in London, and was produced on Broadway in 1973 by David Merrick, under the title Out Cry, starring Michael York. Considered too experimental for its time, Williams continued working on the play and published his final version in The Theatre of Tennessee Williams Volume 5. After years of withholding rights, Williams' estate granted permission for Gene David Kirk to present the play at London's Jermyn Street Theatre where he served as Artistic Director. Mr. Kirk was introduced to the play by his mentor Corin Redgrave, whose sister Vanessa had long desired it as a personal vehicle. Mr. Kirk found the play "absolutely delicious," calling it "a brilliant device exposing the entrapment of humanity itself."

Opening in October 2010, the play earned the critical success that had eluded it years earlier, and found its enthusiastic and appreciative audience in the 21st century. The production was heralded as "revelatory," and the play was lauded as a "lost classic."

Mr. Kirk dedicates this production of The Two-Character Play to the memory of Mr. Redgrave.


Amanda Plummer (Clare) has received critical acclaim for her work in film, television and stage. Her impressive film work includes Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King - for which she received a BAFTA nomination and Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction for which she received and American Comedy Award nomination for her memorable performance as "Honey Bunny." Her other film work includes Sidney Lumet's Daniel; Michael Winterbottom's Butterfly Kiss; Isabel Coixet's My Life Without Me; Eduardo Guedes' Pax; Larry Clark's Ken Park and most recently Lee Isaac Chung's Abigail Harm; Justin Lerner's Girlfriend which was an Official Selection of the 2010 Toronto Film Festival and Shunji Iwai's Vampire which was part of the World Dramatic Cinema Competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Ms. Plummer's stage roles are as varied and notable as her film credits. She won a Tony, a Drama Desk and a Boston Critics Circle award for her work in Agnes of God opposite Geraldine Page; a Theatre World and Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Tony and Drama Desk nomination for her performance in A Taste of Honey. She was also nominated for a Tony for her performance in Pygmalion opposite Peter O'Toole. Other Broadway credits include The Glass Menagerie with Jessica Tandy. Her Off Broadway credits include Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, Tracy Letts' Killer Joe and Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. Ms. Plummer's other Tennessee Williams roles include "Alma" in Summer and Smoke, "Polly" in Gnädiges Fräulein and the world premiere of One Exception all at Hartford Stage Company. Ms. Plummer's work on television has been recognized with three Emmy Awards; one Emmy Nomination and a Golden Globe Nomination. She is also the recipient of the Anti-Defamation League Award. Ms. Plummer has just completed filming Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which is due to be released in November 2013.

Brad Dourif (Felice) is the recipient of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and The Golden Globe Award, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of "Billy Bibbitt" in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, directed by Milos Forman. He also received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as "Doc Cochran" in the HBO series "Deadwood," directed by David Milch. Born and raised in West Virginia, he came to New York in his teens and worked with Marshall Mason and Lanford Wilson at the Circle Repertory Company. His performance in the play When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? caught the eye of Milos Forman and landed him the role of "Billy Bibbitt." Other notable film performances include "Hazel Motes" in John Huston's Wiseblood, "Piter De Vries" in David Lynch's Dune, "Deputy Pell" in Alan Parker's Mississippi Burning and "Grima Wormtongue" in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Brad is also the voice of the infamous doll, "Chucky," in the Child's Play horror film series. Television credits include "Criminal Minds," "Wilfred," "Psych," "Fringe," "Law and Order," "The X-Files" and more. At Columbia University, he spent several years teaching young directors how to work with actors.

Gene David Kirk (Director) Recent directing credits include the musical Boy Meets Boy by Donald Ward and Bill Solly, and the revival of the classic play Mother Adam by Charles Dyer (now to be made into a film by Sky Arts) the world premiere of A Cavalier for Milady by Tennessee Williams, The Cock Tavern Theatre and Jermyn Street Theatre, The Two-Character Play by Tennessee Williams, Jermyn Street Theatre and Provincetown USA, Orwell: A Celebration, Trafalgar Studios, Crooked Wood by Gillian Plowman, Jermyn Street Theatre and the world premieres of Real Babies Don't Cry by Stewart Permutt, Gilded Balloon Edinburgh - Fringe First Award and Best of the Fest 2010, Decade by David Eldridge, The Parallel of Paul, by Dominic Mitchell, Amir: The Lost Prince of Persia, The Ash Boy by Chris Lee, Theatre503, Elgar & Alice by Peter Sutton, UK Tour, Coming Up For Air by George Orwell, adapted by Dominic Cavendish (Assembly Rooms Edinburgh), The Ox and The Ass by Gillian Plowman. Equus, Aladdin, Shakers (Colchester) Arabian Nights (Key Theatre, Peterborough) Silly Cow, Keeping Tom Nice, Cinderella (Weeze, Germany). He is also the Artistic Director for the Urban Scrawl Project (53 on-line audio dramas) for Theatre503 in association with Gene has just stepped down as Artistic Director, Jermyn Street Theatre, London, after four years, and was nominated for the 2012 Off-West End Artistic Director of the Year Award and winning The Stage: Theatre of the Year Award 2012. The theatre was also nominated for the Peter Brook Empty Space Award. In 2012, Gene was the Executive Producer for the world premiere of Henrik Ibsen's St John's Night and the stage premiere of Samuel Beckett's 1957 radio play All That Fall starring Sir Michael Gambon and Dame Eileen Atkins, directed by Sir Trevor Nunn. The production subsequently transferred to a sell-out run in the West End.

Tennessee Williams (Playwright) is one of the greatest playwrights in American history. Born in Columbus, Mississippi on March 26, 1911, his first critical acclaim came in 1945 when The Glass Menagerie won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award. That was followed by a long list of impressive plays, many becoming instant classics; including A Streetcar Named Desire, Summer and Smoke, The Rose Tattoo, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, Sweet Bird of Youth, and The Night of the Iguana. He was awarded four Drama Critic Circle Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was also derided by critics and blacklisted by Roman Catholic Cardinal Spellman, who condemned one of his scripts as "revolting, deplorable, morally repellent, offensive to Christian standards of decency." Williams died in New York City on February 25, 1983. His plays continue to be some of the most performed throughout the world.