Photo Flash: First Look at ReGroup's THE HOUSE OF CONNELLY, Running Through Feb 9
ReGroup Theatre's hit The House of Connelly by Paul Green enters its final week of extension. The show must close on February 9th. Scroll down for a look at the cast in action!
With special permission and support from the Paul Green Foundation, this poetic tale of the last dying gasps of the Old South trying to prevent the progression of new ideas gets a much overdue NY revival. Wayward son Will Connelly, heir to the famous Connelly estate finds himself unable to live up to the prestige of the legendary Connellys of the past. When Patsy, daughter of the new tenant farmer arrives on the estate, is it love at first sight or does she have her calculating eyes on becoming the new Mrs. Connelly? The struggles between tradition and change, black and white and truth versus secrets come to a shocking conclusion. Though the Group made Mr. Green rewrite the ending to make it more hopeful, the ReGroup will be presenting Mr. Green's original ending. It is sure to be jaw dropping even after 80 years.
Originally presented in 1931, The House of Connelly immediately propelled the Group Theatre to prominence. Directed by Lee Strasberg, the cast featured such future legends as Stella Adler, Morris Carnovsky, and Clifford Odets. In his New York Times review, Brooks Atkinson wrote that Mr. Green "has such abundant understanding, such integrity of character and such magnetism of passion that you are likely to remember the pure truth of his prose poem long after you have forgotten a thousand craftsmanlike plays about love, family and possessions. In 1934, the play was turned into the film Carolina starring Lionel Barrymore and 6 year old Shirley Temple.
The House of Connelly features a 16 person cast featuring Anthony Laciura (BOARDWALK EMPIRE) Logan James Hall, Claire Buckingham, Selena C. Dukes, Charlotte Hampden, Tami McCarthy, Maja Wampuszyc, Sheila Simmons, Ted Morgan, Tim Gilliss, Jamie Jung, Clark Beasley Jr, Eli Bridges, Rebecca Beberaggi, Kimberley Shoniker, and Anthony Rinaldi. The play will be staged by Allie Mulholland. Lighting design is by Mitchell Ost with Krystle Henninger as Stage Manager.
Previous shows have featured talkbacks with Mr. Green's daughter Betsy, Wendy Smith, author of Real Life Drama, Marsha Warren, Director of the Paul Green Fdtn, and Margaret Bauer, Paul Green Scholar from North Carolina. Weather permitting, this Friday's show will be attended by Mr. Green's son Paul Jr.
Photos Credit: Mikiodo
Sheila Simmons & Selena C. Dukes
Claire Buckingham, Selena C. Dukes and Sheila Simmons
Logan James Hall & Kimberley Shoniker
Claire Buckingham & Anthony Laciura
Rebecca Beberaggi & Eli Bridges