|TEA AT FIVE follows Hepburn’s
ascendancy from her well-heeled Yankee upbringing in Hartford, Connecticut
to becoming a four-time Oscar-winning actress and a legend forever to be
remembered. Ensconced at her beloved Fenwick home, Hepburn reflects
on the dizzying heights and emotional lows of her childhood days, adventures
in show business, and her heartbreaking romance with Spencer Tracy.
Lombardo’s play reveals Hepburn as an undeniable talent that is equal parts
witty and fiery, and one of the twentieth century’s greatest film stars.
After a seven-year run as Captain Kathryn
Janeway on UPN’s “Star Trek: Voyager,” Kate Mulgrew returns to the stage
to portray the four-time Academy Award winner at opposite ends of her peerless
career. Mulgrew’s performance has garnered a 2003 Outer Critics Circle
Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance and a 2003 Lucille Lortel
Award nomination for Outstanding Actress. She made television history
by creating the role of Captain Kathryn Janeway on “Star Trek: Voyager,”
the first female commander ever to guide a Star Trek vessel, Ms. Mulgrew
received a 1998 Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an actress
in a Television Series and a Saturn Award for Best Genre TV actress.
Born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, Ms. Mulgrew was the oldest girl in a
family of eight. At age 17, she traveled to New York City in order
to study with acting guru Stella Adler and soon created the unforgettable
role of Mary Ryan in “Ryan’s Hope” while simultaneously making her stage
debut as Emily in the Stamford Shakespeare Festival production of Our
Town. Other television credits include leading roles in “Mrs.
Columbo,” “Kate Loves a Mystery,” “Heartbeat,” “Cheers” and a guest appearance
on “Murphy Brown” for which she won the Tracey Humanitarian Award.
No stranger to motion pictures, Ms. Mulgrew starred in several feature
films including Love Spell: Isolt of Ireland (with Richard Burton),
A Stranger is Watching (with Rip Torn), The Manions of America
(with Pierce Brosnan), Throw Momma from the Train (with Danny
DeVito and Billy Crystal) and Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.
A veteran of numerous theatrical productions, Ms. Mulgrew is most happy
to return to the stage, having made her Broadway debut in the Peter Shaffer
play Black Comedy (with Nancy Marchand and Peter MacNichol).
Other stage credits include starring roles in The Royal Family at
the Ahmanson Theatre, Titus Andronicus at the NYSF Delacorte, The
Film Society by Robert Baitz at L.A. Theatre Center, What the Butler
Saw at La Jolla Playhouse, Hedda Gabler and Measure for Measure
at the Mark Taper Forum.
TEA AT FIVE is written by Matthew Lombardo,
who received the IRNE Award for Best Solo Play for Tea at Five.
Other Off-Broadway credits include directing the hit comedy End of the
World Party at the 47th Street Theatre, Mother and Child at
the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, and Guilty Innocence at the Actors’ Playhouse,
serving the latter two productions as both Playwright and Director.
Regionally, he directed the 20th anniversary production of Torch Song
Trilogy (American Stage Company) and the Los Angeles premiere of Mother
and Child starring Tony Award winning actress Ann Wedgeworth (Coast
Playhouse). Having written for the television series “Another World,”
Mr. Lombardo garnered a Writer’s Guild Award Nomination for Outstanding
Achievement. Other plays include The Kennel Club, House
of Atreus, and he is once again collaborating with friend and mentor
John Tillinger on a new project entitled Looped which he is currently
writing for actress Elizabeth Ashley.
TEA AT FIVE is directed by John Tillinger,
who’s credits include: Broadway: Say Goodnight Gracie; Judgment
at Nuremberg; Night Must Fall; Getting and Spending;
The Sunshine Boys; Inherit the Wind (Tony nomination, Outer
Critics Circle Award), Broken Glass; The Price (Tony nomination);
Three Men on a Horse (OCC nomination); Sweet Sue; Loot!
(OCC Award, Tony nomination); Corpse!; The Golden Age;
Solomon’s Child. West End/London: What the Butler Saw; Love
Letters; Corpse! Off-Broadway: House and Garden;
Comic Potential; Dealer’s Choice; Sylvia; A Perfect
Ganesh; The Last Yankee; Lips Together, Teeth Apart;
After the Fall; Breaking Legs; The Lisbon Traviata;
Prin; What the Butler Saw; Love Letters (Lortel Award);
Urban Blight; The Film Society; Another Antigone;
Little Murders; The Perfect Party (OCC Award); It’s Only
a Play (Drama Desk nomination); Serenading Louie (Drama Desk
nomination); Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Drama Desk Award).
TEA AT FIVE features scenic design by Tony
Straiges (Sunday in the Park With George), costume design by Jess
Goldstein (Love! Valour! Compassion!), lighting design by Kevin
Adams (Take Me Out) and sound design by John Gromada (Proof).
TEA AT FIVE is produced by The Lombardo Organization
and Roger Alan Gindi.