January 24, 2011… Actor Brian Dennehy will be inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in New York City tonight.
Mr. Dennehy will be returning to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for his second season this year to play Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, directed by Artistic Director Des McAnuff, and Max in The Homecoming, directed by Jennifer Tarver.
“I’m disappointed not to be attending Brian’s induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame but I will be cheering from afar,” says Mr. McAnuff, who is currently directing a production of Doctor Zhivago in Sydney, Australia. “Brian is one of the great stage actors of our time and deserves to be celebrated. While he has dozens of notable film credits, Brian’s heart is in the theatre, as anyone who has been fortunate enough to see him on the stage can attest.”
“I extend congratulations to Brian from everyone at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival,” says General Director Antoni Cimolino. “Brian is a true man of the theatre. In just one season here, he became a treasured company member. Beloved by cast and crew alike, Brian gives generously of his time and has proven to be an outstanding role model in Stratford – and I’m sure far beyond.”
Mr. Dennehy is currently appearing in the John B. Keane play The Field at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, and so will be unable to attend the ceremony at the Gershwin Theatre. Robert Falls, Artistic Director of the Goodman Theater in Chicago, will accept on his behalf.
Mr. Falls directed Mr. Dennehy in the Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie in 2008, which was part of a Dennehy double bill also featuring Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, directed by Ms Tarver. He also played the King of France in All’s Well That Ends Well, directed by Marti Maraden.
Nominees for the Theatre Hall of Fame must have at least five major credits and 25 years of working in theatre on Broadway. They are voted on by the American Theatre Critics Association and members of the Theatre Hall of Fame. Other nominees this year include Michael Blakemore, Caryl Churchill, Linda Lavin and James Lapine.
Mr. Dennehy has won two Tony Awards for Best Actor for Long Day’s Journey Into Night in 2003 and Death of a Salesman in 1999. He also starred with Christopher Plummer in 2007’s Inherit the Wind. His most recent Broadway appearance was as Ephraim Cabot in Desire Under the Elms in 2009, directed by Mr. Falls.
Tickets to see Mr. Dennehy at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival are now available by calling 1.800.567.1600 or visiting http://www.stratfordshakespearefestival.com/.
The 2011 season, which begins April 16, features The Merry Wives of Windsor, Camelot, Twelfth Night, The Misanthrope, The Grapes of Wrath, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Homecoming, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s Will, The Little Years and Hosanna.