Clarkson has 'Desire,' Field takes 'Menagerie,' Ivey 'Hot'

WASHINGTON — Patricia Clarkson, Sally Field and Dana Ivey will play key roles in the Kennedy Center’s upcoming festival of plays by Tennessee Williams.

Clarkson will play Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Field will play Amanda Wingfield in “The Glass Menagerie” and Ivey has signed as Big Mama in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

Thesps are the first to be cast in the three-play series, called “Tennessee Williams Explored,” which will be staged at the Eisenhower Theater next spring and summer. Plays are the center’s first theatrical productions since its enormously popular Sondheim Celebration last year.

Garry Hynes has been tapped to stage “Streetcar,” Gerald Gutierrez will direct “Cat” and Gregory Mosher will stage “Menagerie.”

Clarkson, a New York stage actress who has recently become better known for her film and TV roles, appeared onstage in Donald Margulies’ “Eastern Standard” and Richard Greenberg’s “Three Days of Rain.” She has won acclaim for perfs in a string of major independent films, including “Far From Heaven” and this year’s “Pieces of April,” “The Station Agent” and Lars von Trier’s “Dogville.” She won an Emmy for TV’s “Six Feet Under.”

Two-time Oscar winner Field won acclaim with her Broadway debut last year in Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?”

Ivey is a veteran New York stage actress who is currently appearing as Mistress Quickly in Lincoln Center Theater’s “Henry IV.”

The festival also will feature “Five by Tenn,” an evening of five one-act plays by Williams, produced and directed by Shakespeare Theater artistic director Michael Kahn. They include “I Can’t Imagine Tomorrow” and the world preems of “Adam and Eve on a Ferry,” “And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens…” and “Escape” plus one more play to be chosen.

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