(October 6, 2009) -- The DeSales University Performing and Fine Arts Department is pleased to announce that legendary American actress Frances Sternhagen will appear on campus at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 22. Sternhagen will perform the one-woman play “Three Viewings” by Jeffrey Hatcher on the main stage of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts. Following the performance, Sternhagen will be joined on stage by Anne Lewis, associate professor of theatre, for an extended Q&A session with the audience.
The event is open to the public, however tickets are required and reservations are strongly suggested. The ticket price for this special event is $10 per person and tickets are available by calling the Labuda box office at 610-282-3192 or online at www.desales.edu/act1.
The visit by Frances Sternhagen is sponsored in part by The Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation.
“We are thrilled to host Ms. Sternhagen on campus. She’s one of the great American actresses of the 20th century and it will be a rare treat to have her present a solo performance on the Labuda Stage,” says John Bell, chairperson of the Performing and Fine Arts department. “ ‘Three Viewings’ is essentially three monologues given by three different characters at a funeral parlor, so it will be a wonderful opportunity for our students and our patrons to see an actress at the pinnacle of her career portraying multiple characters. What could be better!”
Sternhagen is no stranger to DeSales, having two sons who are graduates of the theatre program. Paul Carlin graduated in 1978 and Tony Carlin graduated in 1981. Both men have enjoyed successful acting careers.
Frances Sternhagen was still in her teens when she made her first professional stage appearance as the thirtyish Laura in a 1948 summer-stock production of “The Glass Menagerie.” After graduating from Vassar with a B.A. degree in drama, Frances attended the Perry-Mansfield School of the Theatre and New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. She briefly worked as a teacher at Massachusetts’s Milton Academy before her off-Broadway debut as Juliette in Girardoux' “Thieves' Carnival”—one of the last times that this dynamic character actress would ever portray a flighty ingénue. She went on to spend several seasons at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Back in New York, Sternhagen won two Obie Awards for her performances in “Admirable Bashville” and “The New Pinter Plays,” and in 1973 received the Tony® Award for her multiple characterizations in Neil Simon's “Good Doctor” 1973. She followed this personal triumph by creating two of her all-time favorite stage roles: Dora in “Equus” (1974) and Ethel Thayer in “On Golden Pond” (1979). Launching her film career in 1967, Sternhagen has been seen in an exhausting variety of movie roles; among the best of these was no-nonsense Dr. Marion Lazarus in “Outland” (1982), matching wits and witticisms with outer-space peacekeeper Sean Connery. On television, Frances Sternhagen enjoyed sizable roles on such daytime dramas as “Love of Life,” “One Life to Live,” and was seen on a regular basis in the prime-time series “Sex and the City,” “ER,” “Cheers,” “Law and Order,” “The Closer,” and others. She recently appeared in the feature film “Julie and Julia” starring Meryl Streep. Additional Broadway credits include Edward Albee’s “Seascape,” “Steel Magnolias,” “The Foreigner,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” and “Long Day’s Journey into Night.”
Tickets are only $10 for this special event. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Labuda box office at 610-282-3192 or at www.desales.edu/act1.
Press Release: Legendary Actress Frances Sternhagen to Appear at DeSales | Posted on: 10/6/2009
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