Actress will direct and star in Long Wharf play

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Kathleen Turner will direct and star in a new adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher of Frank Marcus’ 1964 play “The Killing of Sister George” at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theater this fall.

Marcus’ estate gave permission for the adaptation by Hatcher (“Never Gonna Dance”). The show will run Nov. 28-Dec. 23.

Play centers on an aging soap star whose kindly character in her signature TV series is in sharp contrast to a tough real-life self, letting nothing stand in her way including her long suffering “secretary.” The comedy was noted for its lesbian characters.

Turner previously directed Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart” at Massachusetts’ Williamstown Theater Festival and Off Broadway. The actress most recently played the Rialto in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in 2005 and in the short-lived “High” last year. At the Long Wharf she starred in a production of “Camille” in 1986.

“Sister George” premiered on the West End in 1964, followed by a New York bow in 1966. Beryl Reid won a Tony in a production that also featured Eileen Atkins. In 1968 the play was adapted into a film that received an X rating.

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