BETH HENLEY'S WORLD PREMIERE
THE JACKSONIAN OPENS AT THE GEFFEN
Cast Features Ed Harris, Glenne Headly, Amy Madigan, Bill Pullman and Bess Rous
Helmed by Tony Award Winner Robert Falls
Opens February 15, 2012LOS ANGELES, February 14, 2012 — The world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley’s darkly humorous The Jacksonian begins in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse with an acclaimed cast. Helmed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls, The Jacksonian features four-time Oscar nominee and Broadway vet Ed Harris who appeared at the Geffen Playhouse in Wrecks; Glenne Headly, most recognizable for her big-screen role in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and seen at the Geffen Playhouse in the live radio reading of It’s a Wonderful Life; Amy Madigan from Broadway’s Streetcar Named Desire and Oscar nominee for Twice in a Lifetime; Bill Pullman, most recently seen on Broadway in Oleanna and on-screen in HBO’s Too Big to Fail; and young stage and screen actress Bess Rous.
Henley’s eerie offering
transports us to a seedy motel in Jackson, Mississippi circa 1964. You go to
The Jacksonian Cottages to bury your secrets, making the motel an unsettling
world where the subversive becomes commonplace and the passage of time becomes
hauntingly unpredictable. Revolving around the night of a murder, The
Jacksonian is a surreal trip that is rife with disturbingly dark humor. As
this salacious tale’s mysterious events unfold, both characters and audience
find themselves on a road that ultimately leads to a dead end.
Opening night festivities will be held at Napa Valley Grille in Westwood Village. The evening will feature culinary delights provided by Napa Valley Grille as well as a unique The Jacksonian themed cake designed by Montage Beverly Hills pastry chef Richard Ruskell, Malibu Family Wines, Eternal Water and specialty beverages by Krol Vodka.
The Geffen Playhouse production, which was recently extended a week through March 25, marks the world premiere of this play. Special events during the run of The Jacksonian include Talk Back Tuesdays: four evenings of intellectual and thought provoking post-performance discussions. Enjoy complimentary Peet’s Coffee & Tea before the show in the Geffen’s main stage lobby and dig deeper into plot, characters and themes with Geffen artists after the performance. Talk Back Tuesdays for The Jacksonian will be held on February 21, 28, March 6 and 13, 2012.
Written by Beth Henley
Directed by Robert Falls
Opening Night: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Closing Night: Sunday, March 25, 2012
Ed Harris Bill Perch
Glenne Headly Eva White
Amy Madigan Susan Perch
Bill Pullman Fred Weber
Bess Rous Rosy Perch
Set Designer Walt Spangler
Costume Designer Ana Kuzmanic
Lighting Designer Daniel Ionazzi
Sound Designer/ Composer Richard Woodbury
Production Stage Manager Young Ji
Monday No performances
Tuesday – Friday 8:00pm