Two-time Tony Winner Frank Galati Helms Asolo Rep's Production of THE LITTLE FOXES
Asolo Repertory Theatre continues its season with THE LITTLE FOXES, acclaimed American playwright Lillian Hellman's captivating drama about the scheming Hubbard family and their insatiable lust for wealth. Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee Frank Galati, THE LITTLE FOXES previews March 15 and 16, opens March 17, and runs in rotating rep through April 15 in the Mertz Theatre, located in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts.
Guile and greed are front and center in this classic American drama set in 1900 in the racially stratified South, where the wily Regina Hubbard Giddens and her two brothers, Oscar and Ben Hubbard, will stop at nothing to obtain the fortune they so desperately desire. But when Regina's ailing husband threatens to throw a wrench in their corrupt plan to bring a cotton mill to their small Alabama town, the Hubbard siblings' sinister ways reach the pinnacle of deceit. Powerful, poignant and surprisingly funny, THE LITTLE FOXES is a gripping look at the dark side of the American Dream.
"With the extraordinarily brilliant Frank Galati as the director, this production of THE LITTLE FOXES will feel like a thrilling new play," said Michael Donald Edwards, Producing Artistic Director of Asolo Rep. "Lillian Hellman's American masterpiece, while more than 70 years old, is teeming with pertinent themes of class structure, race relations and the high cost of greed, making this piece as electrifying today as it was when it opened on Broadway in 1939."
THE LITTLE FOXES opened on Broadway in 1939 and ran for 410 performances. The iconic Academy Award-nominated film adaptation premiered in 1941 and starred screen legend Bette Davis, who garnered an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Regina. A pillar of American drama, playwright and screenwriter Lillian Hellman's work also includes The Children's Hour, Watch on the Rhine, Another Part of the Forest, and the Tony nominated Toys in the Attic. She also penned the book for the musical Candide.
Renowned director and Asolo Rep Associate Artist Frank Galati previously directed Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, 1776, Twelve Angry Men and more at Asolo Rep. He is a member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, where his adaptation of John Steinbeck's East of Eden kicked off the theatre's 40th anniversary season. He won two Tony Awards for his adaptation and direction of The Grapes of Wrath and was also nominated for a Tony for his direction of Ragtime on Broadway.
"Why is it important to return to THE LITTLE FOXES now in 2017? Because this play is profoundly important in changing the conversation about race and class in America," said Director Frank Galati. "True then and true now, it boldly and shrewdly reveals the sinister relationship between institutional racism and capitalism. THE LITTLE FOXES presents a family portrait, and the family in crisis plays out its drama at a particular historical moment and in a very specific economic environment."
Actress Tracy Michelle Arnold leads the cast as the magnetic and manipulative Regina. She has performed in theaters throughout the country, including Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Northlight Theatre. Ms. Arnold is a core company member with American Players Theatre, where her credits include Cleopatra in Anthony & Cleopatra, Arkadina in The Seagull, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire and more.
Longtime Asolo Rep company member David Breitbarth, who can be seen as Governor George Wallace, Sheriff Jim Clark, Richard Nixon and John McCone in Asolo Rep's current production of The Great Society, plays Regina's husband, Horace. Matt DeCaro, who plays President Lyndon Baines Johnson in Asolo Rep's The Great Society, plays Regina's brother, Oscar. William Dick, who portrays J. Edgar Hoover in The Great Society at Asolo Rep, plays the third Hubbard sibling, Ben.
Denise Cormier, who plays Lady Bird Johnson in The Great Society and Mrs. Hedges in Asolo Rep's current production of Born Yesterday, plays Oscar's pure-hearted wife, Birdie. Actress TayLar, who plays Sally Childress and Coretta Scott King in The Great Society, plays Addie, the wise and caring head of the Giddens' household staff. Sean Blake, who plays Bob Moses, Rev. Dobynes, Hosea Williams, and Marquette Frye in The Great Society, plays Cal, who also works for the Giddens family.
THE LITTLE FOXES contains strong language including historical racial epithets, as well as mature themes.
To purchase tickets, call 941.351.8000 or 800.361.8388, visit www.asolorep.org, or visit the Asolo Repertory Theatre Box Office, located in the lobby of the theatre. Asolo Repertory Theatre is located at 5555 North Tamiami Trail in the Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts. The Box Office is open Monday 10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Thursday 10am - 7:30pm, Friday - Saturday 10am - 8pm, and Sunday 10am - 2pm. The box office closes at 5pm when there are no evening performances and phone lines close one hour prior to the start of any performance. Season subscription packages are also available online and by visiting or calling the box office.