Olympia Dukakis to Star in THE MILK TRAIN DOESN'T STOP HERE ANY MORE at New Rep, April-May 2015
New Repertory Theatre announces that Academy Award winning actress Olympia Dukakis will play Flora "Sissy" Goforth in Tennesee Williams' THE MILK TRAIN DOESN'T STOP HERE ANYMORE, in April/May 2015. THE MILK TRAIN... is one of 10 productions featured as part of 2014-2015, New Rep's 30th Anniversary Season PARADOX: HEROES & ANTIHEROES, VIRTUES & VICES.
"We're thrilled that Ms. Dukakis will join us for our 30th Anniversary Season," says Artistic Director Jim Petosa. "She will revive the role of Flora Goforth, a sassy older woman reliving her younger days, a role which she played Off Broadway in 2011."
"It's an honor to have such a talented guest artist at New Rep," says Managing Director Harriet Sheets, "We're happy to offer such a treat to our audiences."
About Olympia Dukakis: Olympia Dukakis was born to Greek immigrants in Lowell, Massachusetts on June 20, 1931. She graduated from Boston University with two degrees. In 1988, she won an Academy Award for her role as Cher's mother in the film Moonstruck. She was also nominated for an Emmy for her performance as Anna Madrigal in the public television miniseries Tales of the City. Her New York theatre credits include Who's Who in Hell, Social Security, Rose and The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. Her theater, film, and television work has earned an Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, and a Golden Globe. Her career includes movies such as Steel Magnolias, Mighty Aphrodite, and Mr. Holland's Opus. She published her autobiography, Ask Me Again Tomorrow: A Life in Progress, in 2003.
"A sophisticated fairy tale," this Tennessee Williams inventive classic tells the story of former showgirl Flora "Sissy" Goforth, a dying woman with a flamboyant past and a blistering tongue. Having married and buried no less than four millionaire husbands, she spends her final days re-living her memories atop a coastal Italian villa until she is suddenly interrupted by the arrival of a handsome, young poet, curiously nicknamed "The Angel of Death," known for wooing ailing rich dowagers before the end creeps in.
About New Repertory Theatre: New Repertory Theatre is the award-winning, professional theatre company in residence at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. Now celebrating 30 years as a leading self-producing theatre in greater Boston, New Rep produces contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, and musicals in both the 340-seat Charles Mosesian Theater and the 90-seat Black Box Theater. Annually, New Rep serves 45,000- 50,000 patrons, including over 2,200 season Subscribers. In addition to its mainstage productions, the non- profit theatre produces New Rep's Next Voices, with four playwrights each season, which develops new plays into three staged readings and one world premiere production. Under its Lifelong Enrichment Arts Programs (LEAP), New Rep also produces its Classic Repertory Company, summerSTAGE2, Page to Stage, Insider Experiences, and Spotlight Symposium Series.
New Rep's Mission: New Repertory Theatre produces plays that speak powerfully to the essential ideas of our time. Through the passion and electricity of live theater performed to the highest standards of excellence, New Rep expands and challenges the human spirit of both artists and audience. New Rep presents world premieres, contemporary and classic works in several intimate settings. We are committed to education and outreach, including special dedication to the creation of innovative in-school programming and providing access to underserved audiences. New Rep is an active advocate for the arts and a major voice in the national dialogue defining the role of theater in our culture.
Notes: Free Parking at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. 70/70A Bus from Red Line Central Square to School Street, Watertown. The Arsenal Center for the Arts is wheelchair accessible, and offers both large-print and braille programs.
Photo Credit: Walter McBride