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Jessica Hecht and Tony Shalhoub to Costar in Reading of About Alice

Soon-to-be ”The Price” costars will perform a new two-hander at ”The New Yorker Festival”.

Jessica Hecht and Tony Shalhoub will perform Calvin Trillin's About Alice for The New Yorker Festival.
Jessica Hecht and Tony Shalhoub will perform Calvin Trillin's About Alice for The New Yorker Festival.
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Theatre for a New Audience will produce a reading of Calvin Trillin's new two-character play About Alice starring Tony nominees Jessica Hecht and Tony Shalhoub, presented by The New Yorker Festival. The performance will be held at the Directors Guild Theatre
on Saturday, October 8 at 7pm. Leonard Foglia will direct.

Adapted from Trillin's memoir about his late wife, the educator Alice Stewart Trillin, About Alice was commissioned by Theatre for a New Audience and was developed through the Theatre's Studio program. The Studio is led by TFANA Associate Artistic Director Arin Arbus.

A writer for The New Yorker since 1963, Trillin's many books include the comic novels Floater and Tepper Isn't Going Out; the memoirs Messages from My Father and About Alice; The Tummy Trilogy, a collection of three books about food; and Jackson, 1964: And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America. He was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor for his book Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff.

Hecht currently plays Golde in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Her other Broadway credits include The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Julius Caesar, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A View from the Bridge (Tony nomination), and Harvey.

Shalhoub was last seen on Broadway as Moss Hart in the biographical play Act One, for which he earned a Tony nomination. He has also earned Tony nominations for his performances in Conversations With My Father and Golden Boy.

Shalhoub and Hecht will reunite in 2017 to star in a Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Arthur Miller's The Price alongside Danny DeVito and John Turturro.

For tickets to About Alice, click here.

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About Alice

Closed: October 8, 2016