This Week on Broadway for March 21, 2021: Emily Mann

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with Emily Mann.


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PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at Encore MagazineMasterworks BroadwayBroadway Select and many other places.

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Guest: Emily Mann

Emily Mann photo by Matt Pilsner

Emily Mann: Wikipedia | IBDB | IMDB | Playbill | BroadwayWorld

As McCarter Theatre Center’s Artistic Director and Resident Playwright since 1990, Emily Mann has overseen more than 160 productions, including more than 40 world premieres – creating a home for theater legends and amplifying the voices of women and people of color. During her tenure, the theater won the prestigious Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre and Emily herself was twice nominated for Tony Awards® as a playwright and director. Her other numerous personal awards include: The Peabody Award, the Hull-Warriner Award from the Dramatists Guild, the Helen Merrill award, awards from the NAACP, eight Obie awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2011 Person of the Year Award from the National Theater Conference, as well as the Margo Jones Award, given to a “citizen-of-the-theatre who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the encouragement of the living theatre everywhere.” Mann also received an honorary Doctorate of Arts from Princeton University. <more>

La Femme Theatre Productions’ presentation of Tennessee Williams’s The Night of the Iguana, directed by Emily Mann, was initially streamed this past December and raised nearly $17K for The Actors Fund. La Femme is thrilled to present an Encore streaming of The Night of the Iguana in celebration of Tennessee Williams’s 110th birthday on March 26, 2021. The event will begin March 25 at 7 PM with La Femme’s Executive Director Jean Lichty, “In Conversation” with Tony-nominee and Theater Hall of Fame-inductee, director Emily Mann. Iguana will stream through March 28, 2021. Encore tickets range from $15 – $250. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit

This presentation will benefit the Actors Fund and will be streaming from Thursday, March 25 to Sunday, March 28, 2021

The presentation will feature Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Dylan McDermott (Netflix’s “Hollywood”) as Reverand 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, 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 survives the night.

The creative team includes Beowulf Boritt (Set / Background Design), Darron L West (Music and 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).

La Femme Theatre Productions is an all-inclusive theater company dedicated to the exploration and celebration of the universal female experience. La Femme launched in 2014 as an associate producer of William Inge’s lost gem, A Loss of Roses, featuring Deborah Hedwall and Patricia Hodges, which Terry Teachout called “a triumphant exhumation” and included in the Wall Street Journal’s “2014 Best Theater,” and of Clifford Odets’s Rocket to the Moon, featuring Katie McClellan, Marilyn Matarrese, Ned Eisenberg, Larry Bull, and Jonathan Hadary – Drama Desk nomination. Then, La Femme co-produced Ingmar Bergman’s “Nora” in 2015, followed by the 2017 Off-Broadway hit Horton Foote’s “The Traveling Lady, featuring Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba and Lynn Cohen.In 2018, La Femme produced Williams’s A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur with Kristine Nielsen and Annette O’Toole and, in 2020, streamed a digital presentation of his The Night of the Iguana, directed by Emily Mann and featuring Dylan McDermott and Phylicia Rashad.

A Thousand Goodbyes for McCarter Theater’s Emily Mann By Laura Collins-Hughes, May 3, 2020
A virtual send-off for the artistic director and playwright drew more attendees than could have fit under a tent. “I liked this better,” she said.

Emily Mann to Retire Following the 2019-2020 Season
A letter from Reginald M. Browne, Interim Board President

Gloria: A Life Playwright Emily Mann on Women in Theatre, Talking Circles, and What’s Next (JAN 07, 2020)
The author speaks on all things Gloria Steinem ahead of her play’s bow at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Review: ‘Gloria: A Life,’ Starring Ms. Steinem and Her Audience

Peter’s Trivia Section

Michael’s Musical Moment:

65th Anniversary of My Fair Lady: Show Me

Michael Portantiere and Julie Andrews photo by Robert Milazzo

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Coming Soon:
March 28: Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk
April 4: Marcia Milgrom Dodge
April 11: Julie Halston

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