Photo Coverage: 'Rise of Dorothy Hale' Cast Opening & Party
The Rise Of Dorothy Hale, a new play by Myra Bairstow, celebrated its company opening performance on Sunday, September 30 at St. Luke's Theatre, followed by a cast party at Sardi's Restaurant. Because of a change in directors, opening night is scheduled for October 4.
Pamela Hall directs a cast that features Michael Badalucco (Frank DeLuca), Patrick Boll (Mitch Davenport), Sarita Choudhury (Frida Kahlo), Laura Bonarrigo (Dorothy Hale), Mark LaMura (Harry Hopkins) and Sarah Wynter (Clare Booth Luce).
"History has recorded that Dorothy Hale died in New York City on October 21, 1938 after plunging sixteen stories from her apartment window at the Hampshire House on Central Park South. Dorothy's death was ruled a suicide…" explain press notes, "The Rise Of Dorothy Hale explores the life and death of Dorothy Hale through the creative process of Frida Kahlo and enables the contradictions in history to stand face to face. Did the alleged suicide note that Clare Boothe Luce claims to have received even exist? Why did Harry Hopkins involve the White House to handle damage control around Dorothy's death? What possible secrets did Dorothy know about Harry Hopkins and Clare Luce before she was found dead? Was Dorothy Hale's death a suicide or a murder made to look like a suicide?"
Performances are Monday and Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM, with matinees Wednesday at 2PM and Saturday & Sunday at 3PM at St Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues). For tickets call Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200. For additional information, visit www.dorothyhale.com
Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.
Pamela Hall (Director)
Paolo Montalban and mother
Patrick Boll with wife Therese
Brenda Heyob and Michael Badalucco
Mark LaMura with wife Elizabeth MacLellan and daughter Gabrielle