NEW YORK — Last week’s Gotham preem of “A Home at the End of the World” represented a chance to finally relax for two nervous debutants — Tony-nommed legit director Michael Mayer, making the transition to features, and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham, putting his hand to screenwriting for the first time.
“I was a nervous wreck,” confessed Mayer. “I didn’t sleep and I gained 40 lbs. That’s why we don’t have craft services in the theater, thank God.”
“I started smoking again,” added Cunningham, whose first novel served as the basis for the drama about love and family. “It was like who’s going to the Golden Door and who’s going to Betty Ford.”
But cast member Sissy Spacek said those beginner’s nerves didn’t show. “It seemed like they’d been doing it their whole lives,” she said.
On hand for the Union Square screening and after-party in the Meatpacking District’s Maritime Hotel rooftop bar were a bevy of producers including Tom Hulce, John N. Hart Jr. and Jeffrey Sharp, as well as composer Duncan Sheik and Warner Independent chief Mark Gill.