March 2003

"Elizabeth" the "Magnificent"

"Women at the Footlights" gets historical Monday, March 3, when we discuss "Elizabeth the Queen" (1930), by Maxwell Anderson. In "Elizabeth the Queen," an aging monarch must reconcile her royal responsibilities with her passion for a handsome & ambitious young nobleman. It's "magnificent" drama, "rich in character, thought and imagination" (New York Times), "smart" (New York Herald Tribune), "exciting" (New York Post), & "beautifully written" (New York Telegram)--a theatrical "triumph" (New Republic). A 1939 film version, "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex," starred Bette Davis & Errol Flynn.

Director Richard Clifford will lead our discussion. A classically trained actor, Clifford has worked with Sir Derek Jacobi & Dame Judi Dench & toured extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He appears on screen in "Little Dorrit" (1988), "Carrington" (1995), & three Kenneth Branagh films: "Henry V" (1989), "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993), & "Love's Labour's Lost" (2000). In 2001 Clifford directed the Folger Consort's production of "Comus"; last year at the Folger Library he directed "She Stoops to Conquer." His production of "Elizabeth the Queen" opens March 22.

To attend our dinner-discussion you will need a reservation. Call Mark Gruenberg at 202-898-4825 or e- mail [email protected]. We'll meet at Luna Books, 1633 P St., NW (202-332-2543), three blocks east of Dupont Circle. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.; our discussion runs 7:30-9:30. Unseat "Elizabeth" at Backstage Books, 545 8th St., SE, & for a special Footlights discount at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW, & Olsson's Books & Records, 1307 19th St., NW, & 7647 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Local libraries have copies of "Elizabeth," but only in collections of verse plays by Maxwell Anderson.

A Learned Pleasure

The Nation found "Elizabeth the Queen" "a pleasure to listen to." We'll listen to & watch "Elizabeth," starring Michael Learned ("The Waltons"), on Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m. at Folger Shakespeare Library's Elizabethan Theatre, 201 East Capitol St., SE (near Capitol South & Union Station metro stations). Tickets are $32 & include a post-show discussion. We must receive payment by March 27, also the refund deadline. Mail your check to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Ct., Rockville, MD 20852 (240-669-6300 & [email protected]). We'll distribute tickets in the lobby just before the performance, & have dinner afterwards at a nearby restaurant.

Stalking April

On Tuesday, April 8, Footlights addresses a phenomenon that annually affects over one million American women. In Rebecca Gilman's "Boy Gets Girl" (2000), a sophisticated, confident New Yorker accepts a blind date, only to find herself terrorized by a man whose persistent unwanted attention escalates into violence. "Disturbing" (USA Today), "compelling" (Variety), "powerful" (New York Magazine), "Boy Gets Girl" also manages--amazingly--to be "comic" (New York Daily News), even "funny" (Times Literary Supplement). A "terrific" play (Financial Times) that "reads like a suspenseful page-turner" (Chicago Sun-Times), it's not only "gripping" (New York Post) but "important" (Time Magazine). Gilman is "just about the hottest new playwright in the country right now" (San Francisco Chronicle). Our discussion will feature Tracy L. Bahm, director of the Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime..

Dinner Discussions

Mon., Mar. 3: "Elizabeth the Queen," Luna Books 
Tues., Apr. 8: "Boy Gets Girl," Luna Books 
Thurs., May 22: "The Rainmaker," Delray Viet Gdn 
Wednesday, June 11: "Ghosts," location TBA

Theater Trips

Sun., Mar. 16: "Intimate Apparel," Center Stage 
Sun., Apr. 13: "Elizabeth the Queen," Folger Library 
Sun., May 18: "Buried Child," Keegan/Fountainhead Theatre 
Sun., June 8: "The Rainmaker," Center Stage 
Sat., June 28: "Ghosts," Shakespeare Theatre

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