Gallery Players Master Class, Starring Carolyn Mignini as Maria Callas, Begins March 16
By Adam Hetrick
Carolyn Mignini portrays Maria Callas in the Gallery Players presentation of Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play Master Class, which begins performances March 16 in Brooklyn.
Tom Rowan directs the production that will run through March 31. Master Class, which finds a late-life Callas teaching opera students at the Juilliard School, earned the 1996 Tony Award for Best Play.
According to the Gallery Players, "Commanding, competitive, glamorous and drop-dead funny, Callas is alternately dismayed and impressed by the three students exposed to her withering scrutiny. What starts as a master class becomes a platform for Callas to relive her own recollections about the glories and failures of her life and career. In this rich and vividly theatrical piece we learn that Callas, although fierce and uncompromising in her art, was much less sure and successful in her private life."
Mignini, who appeared on Broadway in Guys and Dolls, Fiddler On The Roof and Tintypes, among others, leads a cast that also includes Jonas Cohen as Manny, Stephanie Joiner as Sophie, Brandon Snook as Tony, Samantha Guevrekian as Sharon and Mathew Casteel as the Stagehand.
The Master Class creative team includes scenic designer Kathryn Leiber, costume designer Tony Johnson, lighting designer Peter Gormeault, sound designer Jacob Subotnick and properties designer Sara Slagle.
For tickets call (718) 595-0547 or visit galleryplayers.com. The Gallery Players is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, at 199 14th Street. Those in Manhattan can reach the theatre by taking the F train to 4th Avenue or the R train to 9th Street.
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