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Ron Rifkin, whose performance as Isaac Geldhart in the original production of The Substance of Fire earned him Obie, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Drama-Logue awards, steps into that role in Second Stage Theatre’s current revival of the Jon Robin Baitz drama beginning May 20 at the Tony Kiser Theatre.
Rifkin will be seen through May 23, temporarily replacing John Noble, who is unable to perform due to an unforeseen conflict with the filming schedule for his Fox series “Sleepy Hollow.” Noble is scheduled to return for the final weekend of performances May 24-25.
Rifkin attended the revival of Substance of Fire May 9 when he was informed of the scheduling conflict and offered to step into the role on short notice. “Despite his reputation, I have always found Isaac Geldhart fascinating company and I am more than happy to have the chance to spend more time with him, especially in such a spectacular production,” Rifkin said in a recent statement. “And if it can help Robbie, John, Trip and everyone at Second Stage Theatre, all the better.”
Set the DVR’s Sally is a guest on Letterman on Wednesday!
Sally Field is showing her support for the Human Rights Campaign after “License to Discriminate” bills began appearing across the country. The organization aims to raise $150,000 by March 31 to fight back against these efforts and further additional non-discrimination initiatives in the next 90 days.
To get the word out, the 67-year-old Brothers & Sisters actress penned a heartfelt letter about her experiences as the mother of a homosexual son two heterosexual boys. “The three things I’m most proud of in my life are my sons, Peter, Eli and Sam,” the Amazing Spider-Man 2 star writes. “They are kind, loving and productive people. Each with their own list of talents and accomplishments.”
She continues, “Sam is my youngest son, by 18 years, and he’s gay. To that, I say: So what?”
She’ll return to the network after roles in “October Road” and “Brothers & Sisters,” among others.
ABC’s upcoming summer series Astronaut Wives Club has cast another of its leading ladies.
House alum Odette Annable has joined the summer drama from Gossip Girl’s Stephanie Savage, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Astronaut Wives Club hails from Fake Empire’s Savage, who will pen the script and executive produce the ABC Studios vehicle via the banner she runs with Josh Schwartz. Fake Empire president of TV Len Goldstein and Schwartz will executive produce alongside Michael London’s Groundswell.
“I was a lot older than most people when I finally made it out to L.A.,” said Calista Flockhart, who was 30 years old before landing her first West Coast job in the 1996 film The Birdcage. “I don’t know how it happened. It wasn’t intentional — it just worked out that way.”
Before her big television break on the hit series Ally McBeal, Flockhart was a regular in the New York theater scene. She performed in a number of small off-Broadway productions as well as Broadway mountings of The Three Sisters and The Glass Menagerie, in which she played Laura opposite the late stage legend Julie Harris. Deprived of her home on the New York stage, she has found L.A. Theatre Works as a place to get what she calls a “quick fix of the theater” while managing her family’s busy Los Angeles schedule.
Golden Globe winner Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal, Brothers & Sisters) and Gregory Harrison (Trapper John, M.D., upcoming CBS series Reckless) star in Sharr White’s gripping psychological thriller THE OTHER PLACE at LA Theatre Works.
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy – but nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.
The Other Place is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays, with major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.
All performances will be recorded live in front of an audience (without sets or costumes) to air on L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.
Written by Sharr White and starring Calista Flockhart and Gregory Harrison, the production will be directed by Rosalind Ayres and produced by Susan A. Loewenberg.
Season 2 will shift its focus back to the Jennings household. The show will explore how this family tries to keep it together this season and Elizabeth and Phillip’s relationship.
You’ll be happy to know that Claudia will be back this season and we will be seeing her in several episodes.
Let’s Talk About Sex
When asked about the sexuality in the show, Russell shared that the good thing about it is that it doesn’t have to be “sweeping romantic” or “so beautiful and sexy.” Instead, sex is used, at least in the spy world, in order to get something. Russell added that there is a “freedom in that because it’s messier or more direct than that.”
In the second season opening, let’s just say that Elizabeth and Phillip will be caught in a very compromising position by one of the kids.
When asked about the scene, Fields explained that they “wanted to depict was the most powerful and shocking and mildly humorous, but also intimate.” In addition, they talked a lot about that moment, trying to figure out what would be right and true for that moment. In fact, they discussed every possible position and that’s the one they came up with.
Rhys joked, “No children were harmed in the filming of that scene.”
Fun fact: The two shots were shot separately, so the kid didn’t actually walk on that scene.
When asked if Russell had been injured on the show, Rhys joked, “Emotionally yes.” Russell then reassured that she hadn’t been injured.
Things will come full circle for Rachel Griffiths soon when she heads back to the Australian small screen.
The multi-award-winning actress has just signed on to play a guest role on Nine’s House Husbands, putting her alongside Gary Sweet who she acted with right at the beginning of her acclaimed career.
“I am about to do a little stint on House Husbands in Melbourne. I am really excited,” Griffiths told AAA Weekend at the David Jones launch in Sydney this week.
“It is a bunch of old friends, so I think we will have a little bit of fun in the playground. I think I did my first professional job with Gary Sweet – an episode of Police Rescue in the early 1990s.
“And I have known Rhys(Muldoon) since we were like 19.”
After spending most of the past two decades in Los Angeles shooting hits such as Six Feet Under and Brothers and Sisters, the 45-year-old said shooting in her home town had its perks.
“It is nice if you are running late and you can call a grandparent and say ‘Can you please pick up the kids from school’. It is just easier.”
The world premiere of the historical drama Camp David at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will feature Tony Award winner Ron Rifkin and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas.
Penned by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright, the play will begin performances March 21, continuing through May 4 in the Kreeger Theater. Artistic director Molly Smith will direct.
Rifkin’s stage credits include Cabaret, Wrong Mountain, A Month in the Country and Broken Glass. His TV work includes “Alias” and “Brothers & Sisters,” and his film work includes “L.A. Confidential” and “Husbands and Wives.”
Thomas has performed onstage in An Enemy of the People and Race, and he has appeared on the TV shows “The Americans” and “The Waltons.” His film work includes “The Wonder Boys” and “Taking Woodstock.”
Tony winner Levi Kreis has joined the cast of the rock, rhythm and blues revue Smokey Joe’s Café – The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, which will feature the previously announced E. Faye Butler and Nova Y. Payton. Directed by Randy Johnson, performances will begin April 25 and continue through June 8 on the Fichandler Stage.
Kreis’ stage credits include Million Dollar Quartet, One Red Flower and Rent. He starred in the film “Frailty.”
Additional casting for Camp David and Smokey Joe’s Café – The Songs of Leiber and Stoller will be announced at a later date.
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Fred Armisen will guest-star on the Showtime comedy, along with Brothers & Sisters alum Balthazar Getty, the premium cabler announced Friday.
Armisen, who departed SNL earlier this year and currently stars in IFC’s Portlandia, will play Vincent, a neurotic owner of a company that makes a meal-replacement product.