Entertaining Mr. Sloane at the Laura Pels Theatre
The Roundabout Theatre Company presents Joe Orton's Dark Comedy Entertaining Mr. Sloane, opening at the Laura Pels on the 16 Mar 2006, following previews from the 17 Feb and running through to the 21 May 2006..
Entertaining Mr. Sloane: Centers on a handsome stranger with a secret, his libidinous landlady, her gender-bending brother and geriatric father. Kathï¿½s language may be prim but her intentions are blatant when she picks up Mr. Sloane and takes him in as a lodger. Attractive, mischievous and dangerous, Sloane eventually has Kath, her brother Ed and their father Kemp (ating out of his hand as they all compete for his favors. Together they play out a sexual tug of war, sparking a series of murderously funny events in this survival of the fittest power struggle where they will resort to anything to get what they want.
The cast for Entertaining Mr. Sloane, directed by Scott Ellis, features Alec Baldwin, Chris Carmack, Richard Easton and Lisa Emery.
Entertaining Mr. Sloane marks Alec Baldwinï¿½s second production with Roundabout Theatre Company, where he last starred on Broadway in Twentieth Century. He was nominated for a 1992 Tony Award for his portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire and recently received a Golden Globe, SAG and Academy Awards for his role in Wayne Kramerï¿½s film The Cooler.
Lisa Emery last appeared on the Roundabout stage in The Women. Richard Easton won 2001 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of A.E. Houseman in The Invention of Love. Chris Carmack, best known to television audiences as ï¿½Lukeï¿½ on the hit Fox series ï¿½The O.C.ï¿½ makes his Off-Broadway debut.
Four-time Tony Award nominated director Scott Ellis is the Associate Artistic Director of the Roundabout Theatre Company (RTC). For the RTC on Broadway, he directed last seasonï¿½s critically acclaimed Twelve Angry Men (Tony and Drama Desk nom.), The Look of Love, Rodgers & Hartï¿½s The Boys From Syracuse, Arthur Millerï¿½s The Man Who Had All the Luck (RTC & Williamstown), The Rainmaker with Woody Harrelson and Jayne Atkinson, 1776 (Drama Desk, Tony nom.), Company (Tony nom.), She Loves Me (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk, Tony nom.), Picnic (Outer Critics nom.) and A Month in the Country with Helen Mirren.
One of Englandï¿½s most celebrated satirists and playwrights, Joe Orton became famous during his brief career for shocking and amusing audiences while effectively pointing out the pretensions and hypocrisy of British society. His first major play, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, was first produced on Broadway in 1965 and was made into a 1970 feature film directed by Douglas Hickox. Ortonï¿½s popular comedy What The Butler Saw was first staged in New York in 1970 at the McAlpin Rooftop Theatre, winning the Obie Award for Best Foreign Play. Ortonï¿½s hit play Loot first bowed at the Biltmore Theatre in 1968 and was most recently revived on Broadway in 1986.
The design team for Entertaining Mr. Sloane includes Allen Moyer (sets), Michael Krass (costumes), Ken Posner (lights) and John Gromada (sound).
Entertaining Mr. Sloane made its World premiere at the New Arts Theatre in London on the 6 May 1964 before transferring to the Wyndham's Theatre in the West End in June 1964 and then to the Queen's Theatre in October 1964. One of the English theaterï¿½s biggest hits, it won the London Drama Critics' Best Play Award before premiering on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre in October 1965. Entertaining Mr. Sloane was most recently revived Off-Broadway in 1996 at the Classic Stage Company.
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