Mulgrew pours ‘Tea’ on road

One-woman play to hit Cleveland, Cambridge

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Matthew Lombardo’s one-woman play “Tea at Five,” featuring Kate Mulgrew as Katharine Hepburn and first seen at Hartford Stage earlier this year, is taking to the road.

It’s scheduled to play the Cleveland Playhouse Aug. 20-Sept. 3 and then visits the American Repertory Theater at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Mass., Sept. 8-22.

Directed by John Tillinger, the production played Hartford Feb. 7-March 10 and then, because Mulgrew lost her voice and some performances had to be canceled, was brought back for a week in April.

The production to be seen in Cleveland and Cambridge will feature new scenic elements and additions to the script.

It will be the second Hartford Stage production to transfer to the American Rep, following last year’s “The Glass Menagerie,” directed by HS a.d. Michael Wilson and starring Elizabeth Ashley.

Hepburn was born in Hartford, and Lombardo’s play takes an intimate look at the star and the woman at home in her Fenwick estate in Old Saybrook, Conn. The first act is set in 1938, when Hepburn was box office poison. The second takes place in 1983, when she reflects on the triumphs of her career and her romance with Spencer Tracy.

Hepburn, now 94 and in fragile health, continues to live at Fenwick.

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