The DeSales University Performing and Fine Arts Department is pleased to announce that Broadway legend Elaine Stritch will appear on campus on January 26, as the featured guest in "An Afternoon With Elaine Stritch," from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Schubert Theatre in the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts.
During her visit, the award-winning actress will entertain in an "Actors Studio" type forum, as part of the visiting artists series. The event, sponsored in part by the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation, is not a public event and open only to musical theatre students of the performing and fine arts department.
"I had the great fortune to interview Elaine for 'The Sondheim Review' back in May," says John Bell, chair of the performing and fine arts department. "The conversation turned to a possible campus visit, something Ms. Stritch said she'd love to do and I'm delighted that we've been able to work this appearance into her incredibly busy schedule."
Stritch will participate in a conversation similar to an "Inside the Actors Studio" episode, hosted by Bell, which will feature questions from students in the performing and fine arts department. Interspersed throughout the two-hour program, Stritch will perform a handful of songs accompanied by her musical director, Rob Bowman.
Beginning her career in musical comedy on Broadway, Elaine Stritch went from standing by for Ethel Merman in "Call Me Madam" to her Tony-nominated performance in the recent revival of Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance." Her Broadway credits include "Angel in the Wings," "Pal Joey," "On Your Toes," "Bus Stop," "Goldilocks," "Sail Away," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "Company," and "Show Boat." Other stage credits include the concert version of both "Follies" and "Company" at Lincoln Center and her appearance in A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters" with Jason Robards.
Stritch made her film debut in the 1957 remake of "A Farewell to Arms." Other film credits include "Cocoon: The Return," Woody Allen's "September", Woody Allen's "Small Time Crooks," and "Autumn in New York" with Richard Gere and Winona Ryder. Stritch can also be seen in the film "Monster-in-Law" starring Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez.
Television credits include "The Cosby Show," "3rd Rock from the Sun," and "Soul Man." She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in the miniseries "An Inconvenient Woman" written by Dominick Dunne and won an Emmy Award for her recurring role on "Law & Order." In April 2007, Stritch was introduced on "30 Rock" as Alec Baldwin and Nathan Lane's—would you believe—mother, for which she won an Emmy Award.
Stritch won a Tony Award and two Drama Desk Awards for the Broadway production of "Elaine Stritch at Liberty," which toured across the country, ending in San Francisco. She also won an Emmy for the edited version of that production, produced for HBO.
Press Release: Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch to Visit DeSales | Posted on: 1/14/2009
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu