The Night of the Iguana
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Emily Mann
Opening: December 2, 2020
Encore streaming: March 25, 2021
Online Streaming Event
Dylan McDermott ..... Reverend Shannon
Phylicia Rashad ..... Maxine
Roberta Maxwell ..... Judith Fellowes
Austin Pendleton ..... Nonno
Jean Lichty ..... Hannah
Keith Randolph Smith ..... Jake
Carmen Berkeley ..... Charlotte
Eliud Kauffman ..... Hank
Julio Macias ..... Pancho
Stephanie Schmiderer ..... Frau Fahrenkopf
Bradley James Tejeda ..... Pedro
John Hans Tester ..... Herr Fahrenkopf
Behind the Scenes:
Scenic & Background: Beowulf Boritt
Music & Sound Effects: Darron L West
Dramaturg and Language Consultant: Amy Stoller
Casting Director: Stephanie Klapper
Production Stage Manager: Cheryl Mintz
General Management: LDK Productions / Lisa Dozier King
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 re-streamed the video from March 25 to March 28, 2021 on the Stellar Tickets platform. This encore presentation debuted March 25, the eve of Tennessee Williams's 110th birthday, and included "In Conversation," a roundtable discussion with Emily Mann, Phylicia Rashad, and Jean Lichty, to kick off the celebration.
Both virtual presentations raised over $30,000 for the indispensable The Actors Fund, a charity that continues to help artists survive the indignities of the pandemic. For your consideration and convenience, the press release, trailer, and "In Conversation" video are all below. Updates are forthcoming!
“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,
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.