Tony Award® winner Judith Ivey joins Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain, Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® Award winner David Strathairn and the leading man of "Downton Abbey" Dan Stevens in a new production of the unforgettable drama and Tony Award® winning play The Heiress. Written by Ruth & Augustus Goetz, The Heiress will be directed by Tony Award® nominated playwright and director Moisés Kaufman. The Heiress will be produced by Paula Wagner, Roy Furman and Stephanie P. McClelland.
Preview performances begin October 7, 2012 at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 W. 48th St. NYC). Opening night is November 1, 2012. This is a strictly limited run through February 10, 2013. In this timeless New York love story, a protected young woman (Jessica Chastain) finds herself caught between her steely, grief-stricken father (David Strathairn) and a mysterious, handsome suitor (Dan Stevens). The power of passion, loss and money scars their lives in this unforgettable drama.
Ms. Ivey (Aunt Penniman) is a two time Tony Award® winner for Steaming and Hurlyburly. Judith appeared in the 1997 film version of Washington Square, on which The Heiress is based. Judith starred in four television series, the most memorable being "Designing Women". Some recent television credits include "Nurse Jackie," "Big Love," "A Person of Interest," "White Collar," "Grey's Anatomy." Judith's recent New York stage performances include Eppie Lederer/Ann Landers in The Lady with all the Answers at the Cherry Lane, Shirley Valentine at the Long Wharf Theatre, and Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie at Roundabout Theatre Company, for which she received the Lucille Lortel Award and critical praise.
Ms. Chastain was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award®, Golden Globe® Award and Screen Actor's Guild Award for her performance as "Celia Foote" in The Help. Her work in The Tree of Life (2011) and Take Shelter (2011) has garnered critical acclaim and multiple awards as Best Actress from the National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Chicago Film Critics Association. Jessica has a variety of feature film projects in the works including Lawless and Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, about the capture of Osama Bin Laden, scheduled for release in December 2012.
Mr. Strathairn will star opposite Daniel Day Lewis in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and can be been seen in HBO's Hemingway and Gellhorn starring alongside Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. He won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and in 2006 earned nominations from the Academy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Independent Spirit Awards for his compelling portrait of legendary CBS news broadcaster Edward R. Murrow in George Clooney's Oscar-nominated drama Good Night, and Good Luck. Mr. Strathairn won an Emmy in 2010 for Best Supporting Actor in the HBO project, Temple Grandin. In addition to appearing on Broadway, he has maintained a high profile in the theatrical world with roles at such venues as the Manhattan Theatre Club, the New York Shakespeare Festival, Soho Rep, the Hartford Stage Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Seattle Repertory.