From December 2, 2020 to December 6, 2020, La Femme presented a pre-recorded reading of Tennessee Williams's "The Night of the Iguana," directed by 2019 Theater Hall of Fame inductee Emily Mann, featuring Emmy nominee Dylan McDermott and another Theater Hall of Famer, Phylicia Rashad, and beautifully enhanced by the set design of Tony winner Beowulf Boritt, the sound design of Tony winner Darron L West, and the editing of Seth Walters.
The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with patrons maintaining that it was the first time that they understood the play in a "woman-centered and credible" rendering, and then asking when they could see it again. Consequently, La Femme plans to re-stream the video this spring. Our press release is below, and updates are forthcoming!
Please enjoy a trailer for the event!
If you would like to take a deeper dramaturgical dive into Night of the Iguana, please click here.
The show will feature Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Dylan McDermott (Netflix’s “Hollywood”) as Reverend Shannon, Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad (Broadway’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) as Maxine, Roberta Maxwell (Broadway’s Summer and Smoke) as Judith Fellowes, Tony nominee, Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Austin Pendleton (Broadway’s Choir Boy) as Nonno, and Jean Lichty (Off-Broadway’s A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, The Traveling Lady) as Hannah, with Keith Randolph Smith (Broadway’s Jitney, American Psycho) as Jake, Carmen Berkeley (Off-Broadway’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord) as Charlotte, Eliud Kauffman (Roundabout Theatre’s 72 Miles to Go) as Hank, Julio Macias (Netflix’s “On My Block”) as Pancho, Stephanie Schmiderer (No Exit, The Human Voice) as Frau Fahrenkopf, Bradley James Tejeda (Broadway’s The Inheritance) as Pedro, and John Hans Tester (Amazon’s ”Hunters” ) as Herr Fahrenkopf.
In Tennessee Williams’s The Night of the Iguana, a defrocked clergyman encounters inside disturbances amid outside disturbances during one stormy night at the Costa Verde Hotel in Acapulco as the world prepares for World War II. After four women of different ages and backgrounds, along with a 97-year-old poet, engage in the clergyman’s spiritual struggles, their lives leap dramatically forward. And the catalytic, defrocked clergyman makes it through the night.
“La Femme is dedicated to presenting classic plays with extraordinary casts and creative team, and we are thrilled to present The Night of the Iguana, helmed by the incomparable Emily Mann. As much as we will miss performing on an actual stage, our team has been flexible enough to pivot to present this iconic play online. During these trying times, we are proud to offer this presentation as a benefit for The Actors Fund.”
La Femme Executive Director, Jean Lichty
The creative team includes Beowulf Boritt (Set / Background Design), Darron L West (Music / Sound Effects), Amy Stoller (Dramaturg and Language Consultant), Stephanie Klapper (Casting Director), Cheryl Mintz (Production Stage Manager), and LDK Productions / Lisa Dozier King (General Management).