The Actors Studio/NY revisited the Strasberg family Monday night with a reading of a new play, “Summer Lease.”
The Strasbergs, considered by some “the royal family” of the Studio, are called “Steiners” in the play written by Terry Kingsley Smith and the late Susan Strasberg. The setting is the Strasbergs’ Fire Island home in 1957 when 18 year-old Susan’s departure for Hollywood is the topic of discussion with all family members present — plus Marilyn Monroe.
There were those who accused Lee Strasberg of paying more attention to Marilyn than to Susan. All roles in the reading were played by Studio members including Elaine Stritch (as Tallulah Bankhead), David Margolis, (as Lee S.), Canan Erguder (as Susan), Gabe Fazio (as John), Elizabeth Kemp played Marilyn, “Maggie.”
Lee Grant (Paula Strasberg) coordinated the reading with Patricia Bosworth and Robert Walden, directing. It’s hoped-planned to go Off -B’way and the aim, to honor the memory of Susan Strasberg and to present a unique depiction of the Strasberg family.