Annette Bening Honors the Great Ruth Draper

Annette Bening.

Annette Bening.

The Geffen Playhouse announces the remaining production in its 2013/2014 season will feature acclaimed actress Annette Bening performing a selection of monologues created and first performed by Ruth Draper. A pioneer in 20th century drama, Ruth Draper was described as, “the greatest individual performer that America has ever given.”

Her uncanny ability, while alone on stage, to shift between many characters captivated and thrilled audiences for decades and influenced generations of actors and performers. Now, Annette Bening makes Draper’s timeless monologues her own — highlighting their continued influence on audiences and artists alike. Meet the harried society woman, the hostess, the wife, and the mistress; like Draper before her, Bening embraces and embodies these monologues in this tour-de-force premiere.

The production, with title and director to be announced shortly, completes the selection of nine plays for the 2013/2014 season: four world premieres/ adaptations, three West Coast premieres, and two productions of familiar works from Pulitzer or Nobel Prize winning playwrights. Furthering its mission to introduce audiences to new plays, re-imagined classics, and emerging voices, the Geffen’s schedule – encouraged by continued growth in ticket sales – is the largest in the 19 year history of the organization.

Subscriptions are currently available for productions in both the Audrey Skirball Kenis and Gil Cates Theaters at the Geffen Playhouse or just a five-play season in the Cates. Prices range between $175 and $613 – all subscription packages include complimentary parking for each pair of subscriptions purchased. New subscribers may also purchase the season based on the availability of their desired series. Single tickets are not yet available.

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