Keir Dullea Returns to the Stage in I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER at Theatre Row, 3/23 - 5/1
Keir Dullea will make his long-awaited return to the stage in Robert Anderson's I Never Sang for My Father, presented by the Keen Company in association with Wiltsie Bridge Productions, at Theatre Row from March 23 - May 1. Directed by Jonathan Silverstein, I Never Sang for My Father marks the second Anderson play presented by Keen, following the success of its 2007 critically acclaimed production of Tea & Sympathy.
I Never Sang for My Father explores one son's struggle to balance his own happiness with the needs of his aging parents, and his yearning for a closer relationship with the father he cannot change. Gene Garrsion is a grown man with a successful career, but when his parents arrive for a visit, he finds himself in that awkward position of feeling like a child again. When tragedy strikes, Gene is forced to examine his responsibility to himself and his family in new ways. A complex portrait of a family in flux, this moving work by Robert Anderson explores what it means to be a man and a son at the same time.
Actor Keir Dullea is perhaps best known for the character of astronaut David Bowman in the 1968 film 2001, A Space Odyssey and in the 1984 sequel 2010, The Year We Make Contact. Dullea made his film debut in 1961's Hoodlum Priest, in which he played a juvenile delinquent. He played a number of emotionally disturbed youths in films such as David and Lisa (1962), the first screen adaptation of James Jones' The Thin Red Line (1964) and Bunny Lake is Missing (1965), as well as on television in shows such as "Naked City," a police drama about New York City, "The Eleventh Hour," a medical drama about psychiatry, and "Channing," a drama about life on a college campus starring Jason Evers and Henry Jones. He appeared with John Huston in the movie De Sade (1969), playing the title role (the Marquis de Sade), and with Anne Heywood and Sandy Dennis in the 1967 film The Fox.
Dullea's first Broadway appearance was in 1967 in Dr. Cook's Garden with Burl Ives. Two years later he starred in the 1969 hit Broadway comedy Butterflies Are Free alongside Blythe Danner, a revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1974) and the 1975 Broadway play, P. S. Your Cat Is Dead! followed. In 1983, he co-founded the Theater Artists Workshop of Westport alongside his wife Susie Fuller.
I Never Sang for My Father by Richard Anderson, presented by the Keen Company in association with Wiltsie Bridge Productions, will run March 23 - May 1 at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street). Tickets are available through TicketCentral.com or by calling (212) 279-4200. For more info, visit www.KeenCompany.org.