Joanne Woodward directed revivals of Clifford Odets' Golden Boy and Waiting for Lefty, the latter starring Marisa Tomei. Marsha Mason headlined Amazing Grace, a new play by Michael Cristofer (The Shadow Box) directed by Austin Pendleton, and Billy Crudup and Frances McDormand starred in an adaptation of Oedipus. Woodward, Pendleton, McDormand and James Naughton, along with Paul Newman and director B.H. Barry, comprise Blue Light's board of advisors.
Except for Ron Leibman in the last show, Adam Baum and the Jew Movie, Blue Light hasn't utilized any of that star power this season, but Naughton says that's likely to change. "I believe it's quite possible that a couple of those people are going to be working with us again in the very near future," he discloses.
In the meantime, Greenfield and Manning are pondering ways to run a company with an annual budget of just under a million dollars without having to rely on a person's celebrity status to sell tickets. "If the New York Times comes and doesn't like it, we are powerless because no theater in the not-for-profit arena has the money to market passed [a bad review]," laments Manning, who saw that fate befall this season's first production, The Clearing.
But Greenfield hopes that the Internet age with have a positive effect on live entertainment. "It's only a matter of time before we as a society will crave community which is live and contact with other human beings," she reasons. "Let the live performing arts be the one place where people can come to get that."