by Lillian Hellman
A staged reading, the premiere event for the new organization
Thursday, September 23, 7:30pm
The Phelps Mansion Museum
191 Court Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
On Thursday, September 23rd, The Southern Tier Actors Read (S.T.A.R.) will present a staged reading of Lillian Hellman's play 'LITTLE FOXES" at the Phelps Mansion Museum, 191 Court Street, Binghamton, NY. The play will be presented in its entirety starting at 7:30p.m. The play premiered on Broadway, staring Tallula Bankhead, and was made into an Oscar-winning movie in 1941 with Bette Davis. Ms Hellman captures the tensions under the surface of a respectable Southern family around 1903. The title of the play comes from the King James version of t he Song of Solomon, chapter 2 vs.; 15. The play pits the a sister, Regina, and her brothers Ben and Oscar against her sickly husband Horace and their na´ve daughter, Alexandra , in a contest of money to build a cotton mill in their town. Drama, conflict, betrayal, tension are seen throughout the play as Regina and her brothers try to wrest investment funds from Horace for their own advantage. This story can in many ways mirror the times of today.
Lillian Hellman wrote many enduring works for the theater, such as "The Children's Hour," "Toys in the Attic," " Watch on the Rhine," along with movie screenplays and her autobiography.
S.T.A.R. is a newly founded ensemble of actors whose goal is to bring plays of substance to the area which are infrequently done. They are dedicated to seek out plays both classical and contemporary which will expand their and the audience's knowledge and pleasure. A donation of $10 from adults and $5 for students 18 and under will benefit both the Phelps Mansion Museum and S.T.A.R. For additional information, call 607-722-4873.