First Look at Al Pacino and Judith Light in Play About Tennessee Williams
BY HANNAH VINE FEB 08, 2017
Dotson Rader’s play God Looked Away is being groomed for a future Broadway life.
The Pasadena Playhouse is hosting the developmental, world-premiere engagement of Dotson Rader’s play God Looked Away, which stars Al Pacino as the late Cat on a Hot Tin Roof playwright Tennessee Williams. The play is being developed for Broadway, adapted from Rader’s 1985 Williams biography.
Robert Allan Ackerman directs the six-week engagement that begins February 8 for a run through March 19. God Looked Away is the first play in the Playhouse’s new works program, Playworks.
FIRST LOOK AT AL PACINO AND JUDITH LIGHT IN PLAY ABOUT TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
Judith Light Receives Elizabeth Taylor Award at ACRIA’s Holiday Dinner
Light revealed the impact the late Taylor had on her passion for activism, as well as her thoughts on the current political climate.
By Alexa Tietjen on December 8, 2016
A “jewel box” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the 69th Regiment Armory. But on Wednesday night, the phrase was an accurate description of the space, where ACRIA held its annual holiday dinner.
“We don’t do the hotel ballroom thing,” said Benjamin Bashein, executive director of the foundation. ACRIA used to hold the dinner in a different artist’s loft every year. As it grew, the event moved to Donna Karan’s studio, where it stayed for 10 years until 2014. Now, ACRIA looks for spaces in which to re-create the lived-in feeling of an artist’s loft while comfortably holding 450 guests.
Judith Light-Led ALL THE WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU Will Be Filmed This Week
👤by BWW News Desk
MCC Theater has announced that All the Ways to Say I Love You will be filmed for the New York Public Library’s Theatre on Film and Tape Archive (TOFT) to be preserved for the archives at Lincoln Center. The filming will occur at the Thursday, October 20th performance. The twice-extended All The Ways ends its celebrated run this Sunday, October 23, 2016.
All The Ways To Say I Love You is a new play by Neil LaBute, directed byLeigh Silverman and starring Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light in a one-woman tour de force. This production, the first of MCC’s 30thAnniversary Season, began previews on September 6, 2016 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) and celebrated its Opening Night on September 28. It was originally scheduled through October 9.
Mrs. Johnson is a high school English teacher and guidance counselor in a long-time, loving marriage. As she recounts her experiences with a favored student from her past, Mrs. Johnsonslowly reveals the truth that is hidden just beneath the surface details of her life. All the Ways to Say I Love You is a solo play about love, hard choices, and the cost of fulfilling an all-consuming desire.
The creative team for All the Ways to Say I Love You includes scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costumes by Emily Rebholz, lighting by Matt Frey, and sound by Bart Fasbender. Casting byTelsey + Company.
Photo Credit: Walter McBride / WM Photos
Judith Light Extends in All the Ways to Say I Love You
The solo play is Neil LaBute’s 10th collaboration with MCC.
Hayley Levitt • Off-Broadway • Sep 13, 2016
Neil LaBute’s new one-woman play All the Ways to Say I Love You, starring two-time Tony winner Judith Light, has extended its run at MCC’s Lucille Lortel Theatre. Performances will now run through October 16, adding a week of performances beyond the previously announced closing date of October 9. The show began its run September 6 in advance of a September 28 opening.
Directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman, the play follows Faye Johnson, a high school English teacher and guidance counselor in a loving marriage. As she recounts her experiences with a favored student from her past, Faye slowly reveals the truth that is hidden just beneath the surface details of her life.
All the Ways to Say I Love You is LaBute’s 10th work for MCC. The playwright’s 15-year collaboration with the company has yielded some of the his best-known works, including the Tony-nominated play Reasons to Be Pretty and Fat Pig.
The creative team for All the Ways to Say I Love You includes scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costumes by Emily Rebholz, lighting by Matt Frey, and sound by Bart Fasbender. Read more
Judith Light to Talk Life and Career at NYPL for the Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk
The League of Professional Theatre Women will welcome Judith Light for its next Oral History interview. Light will sit down to discuss her extensive body of work on and off-stage.
The event will take place on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on 65th Street & Amsterdam Avenue. Admission is free, but seats will be on a first-come-first-seated basis.
BettyCorwin, who produces the Oral History series with Pat Addiss and Ludovica Villar-Hauser, remarks, “How lucky we are that the talented, award-winning and busy actress, Judith Light, has agreed to be interviewed for our next Oral History program on October 17th. She will just have completed her run in Neil LaBute’s off-Broadway show, ALL THE WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU at the Lortel Theatre and will come to Lincoln Center to share stories about her life and career with our eager audience.”
Between ‘Transparent’ Seasons, Judith Light Isn’t Playing Nice
Judith Light is enjoying the kind of career she deserves. In other words, at 67, she gets to work as much as she likes, she gets an early crack at quality roles, she is nominated for awards (and wins some) in each medium she tackles, and she is “beloved wherever she goes.” (That last remark comes from Jill Soloway, the creator of the breakthrough Amazon series “Transparent,” for which Ms. Light is up for an Emmy.)
So why would she decide to collaborate with Neil LaBute, that gnarly playwright of unlovable characters? Was life just too easy for her?
For the last couple of years, Ms. Light has been parsing a complicated role as Shelly Pfefferman, the self-absorbed mother of three remarkably unfinished adult children, whose ex-husband, played by Jeffrey Tambor, is a transgender woman. “Transparent” may be considered a comedy during awards season, but it is also a profoundly honest and often heartbreaking story of an upper-middle-class Jewish family in Los Angeles. Season 3 begins on Sept. 23.
In the meantime, Ms. Light finds herself in a cluttered rehearsal space above Eighth Avenue, preparing for the MCC Theater production of Mr. LaBute’s new play, “All the Ways to Say I Love You,” which is in previews and opens Sept. 28. It is a solo piece in which her character, a former schoolteacher blandly known as Mrs. Johnson, tries to justify her behavior to herself — and to us. (The run has already been extended to Oct. 16; then Shelly Pfefferman has to move back to Marina del Rey to shoot Season 4, bubbeleh.)
Ms. Light has a longstanding relationship with MCC, which partly explains why she’s returning to Off Broadway after four Broadway commitments, two of which — “Other Desert Cities” and “The Assembled Parties” — won her back-to-back Tonys in 2012 and 2013.
But as has become her way, it’s the chance to take on a challenging, many-layered role that has her enticed. “Each character I play,” she explained, “I have to wake up inside me.”
She is tinier in person than onscreen, her giant brown eyes seemingly bigger than her waist, her straight blond hair showing just a whisper of beach curl. Even on a warm day, her black turtleneck looks uncommonly chic.
Photos! Judith Light Gets Ready to Open Neil LaBute Solo Play
BY HANNAH VINE
AUG 11, 2016
Neil LaBute’s All the Ways to Say I Love You starts off the season featuring the two-time Tony winner.
MCC Theater’s 2016-17 and 30th anniversary season will kick off September 6 with Neil LaBute’s solo piece, All the Ways to Say I Love You, featuring two-time Tony winner Judith Light, with direction by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman.
All productions will be performed at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, located at 121 Christopher Street, New York. For more information and to purchase subscription packages, call (212) 352-3101 or visit mcctheater.org.
Judith Light On ‘Transparent’: I Get To Be A Part Of The Transgender Community
By ON TOP MAGAZINE STAFFJuly 20, 2016
In a recent interview, actress Judith Light was asked what makes working on Amazon’s Transparentdifferent from other television shows.
Transparent, about a transgender woman who comes out to her family in her 70s, received numerous Emmy nominations last week, including an acting nomination for its star, Jeffrey Tambor, and a directing nomination for its creator, Jill Soloway. Light, Bradley Whitford, Gaby Hoffmann and Melora Hardin also received nominations in acting categories.
“First of all, all credit goes to Jill Soloway and all of our writers and the actors I get to work with,” Light told the Huffington Post. “Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker and Gaby Hoffman … That kind of support and creativity and artistry.”
“On top of that, you get to be part of the world of the transgender community that has so long been in the shadows, and for so long has been ‘the other.’”
Light, a long-time supporter of LGBT rights, added: “We get to have a conversation that changes the way that the world thinks about the LGBT community. … The combination of those two things is just quite remarkable.”