(MADISON, NJ) -- The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey announced today it was extending the run of its critically acclaimed comedy Tovarich through September 1st. Added performances of this long-forgotten treasure, by French playwright Jacques Deval and adapted by the American author Robert E. Sherwood, are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 29th, 30th and 31st at 8 p.m.; and Saturday August 31st and Sunday, September 1st at 2 p.m.
"Our audiences and
the critics have raved about this production and we are thrilled to be
able to extend its run so that even more people can experience this
rarely-produced and extraordinary theatrical gem," said Shakespeare
Theatre Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte. "There has not been a
significant revival of Tovarich in more than 50 years, and The
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is the only theatre in the nation and
perhaps the world where this play can be seen! It's a special gift for
our audiences and I am delighted by the enormously enthusiastic response
that it's getting."
Performances of Tovarich take place at The
Shakespeare Theatre's Main Stage The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre
located at 36 Madison Avenue in Madison. Tickets range from $42 to $70;
student rush tickets are available 30 minutes prior to curtain for $15.
For tickets or more information, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org . Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounts.
by Jacques Deval in 1933, Tovarich was adapted in 1935 by Pulitzer
Prize and Academy Award-winning writer Robert E. Sherwood, renowned
American author of numerous plays including Idiot's Delight and Abe
Lincoln in Illinois. Rarely-seen since the first half of the 20th
century, this rich theatrical piece tells the improbable tale of an
indomitable Russian Grand Duchess and her dashing Prince of a husband
living in exile in Paris after the Russian Revolution. In the years
between its premiere and the start of World War II, Tovarich was one of
the most popular and widely produced plays in Europe and America.
Theatre Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte directs the production which
is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the
Arts. Art Works.
The original Broadway production of Tovarich
premiered in 1936 at the Plymouth Theatre, starring Marta Abba and John
Halliday. City Center's 1952 revival starred three-time Tony
Award-winner Uta Hagen and Luther Adler. Warner Brothers brought
Tovarich to the "silver screen" in 1937, with Claudette Colbert and
Charles Boyer. A musical adaptation premiered in 1963 with book by
David Shaw, music by Lee Pockriss, and lyrics by Anne Croswell. Vivien
Leigh starred in the musical and took home the Tony Award for Best
Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.
Prize-winner Robert E. Sherwood, a New York native, was an original
member of the Algonquin Round Table, a New York City social group for
actors, writers, critics, and wits. Sherwood began his career as an
editor for Life magazine and went on to an illustrious career as a
playwright. His notable works include The Road to Rome (1927), Waterloo
Bridge (1930), and The Petrified Forest (1935). He won the Pulitzer
Prize for Drama for his plays Idiot's Delight (1936), Abe Lincoln in
Illinois (1938), and There Shall Be No Night (1940). His intense
interest and involvement in politics led him to write speeches for
President Franklin D. Roosevelt and later pen the intimate portrait,
Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History (1948) for which he received
his fourth Pulitzer Prize. He wrote the screenplay for Hitchcock's
Academy Award Winning film Rebecca (1940) and won the Academy Award for
Best Adapted Screenplay for the 1946 Best Picture-winner The Best Years
of Our Lives.
The cast features
Shakespeare Theatre leading man Jon Barker as Prince Mikail
Alexandrovitch Ouratieff and Carly Street, making her Shakespeare
Theatre debut, in the role of the Grand Duchess Tatiana Petrovna.
Shakespeare Theatre veteran Colin McPhillamy plays Chauffourier-Dubieff;
Alison Weller and Matt Sullivan play Charles and Fernande Dupont, and
Seamus Mulcahy plays their son Georges. Mary Dierson plays Madame Van
Hemert and Anthony Cochrane is Commissar Gorotchenko.
The cast also includes, Blythe Coons, John Greenbaum, Einar Gunn, Christy Richardson, and Rachael Fox.
About the Director
marks director Bonnie J. Monte's 23rd season as Artistic Director of
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Since 1990, she has directed
more than 50 productions for the company, including most recently As You
Like It, Trelawny of the Wells, Man of La Mancha, Measure for Measure, A
Christmas Carol, The Misanthrope and Othello, No Man's Land, The Taming
of the Shrew, and Hamlet.
The Artistic Staff
the world of Tovarich are set designer Brittany Vasta, costume designer
Paul Canada, sound designer Karin Graybash, and lighting designer Steven
Rosen. Alison Cote serves as production stage manager.
Tickets & General Information
are Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday
through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets
or more information, call the box office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org .
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Main Stage, the 308-seat F.M. Kirby
Shakespeare Theatre, is conveniently located in Madison at 36 Madison
Avenue (Route 124) at Lancaster Road (on the Drew University campus),
just minutes from routes 287, 78 and 10. Parking is free. The F.M. Kirby
Shakespeare Theatre is barrier free with access into the Theatre via a
ramp and elevator access to all floors. Wheelchair seating and
transfer seating is available. Braille and large print programs are
available. Infrared listening devices are available free of charge.
Some performances are audio described. Contact the theatre for more
information. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call
973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org .
acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent,
professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. One
of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000
adults and children annually, it is New Jersey's largest professional
theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare's canon and other world
classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs,
the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of
the classics for contemporary audiences.