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In this class series, playwright and critic Tony Vellela digs deep into some of theater’s greatest female characters, exploring what’s written on the page, what’s implied in the subtext and how they’ve been interpreted by iconic actresses who have played them.

Each session features viewings of segments from Tony Vellela’s exclusive, in-depth interviews with the American theater’s most respected actresses over the last 20+ years.

The actresses being discussed will not be present.

  • Sep 16: The Glass Menagerie’s Amanda—Olympia Dukakis, Julie Harris
  • Sep 23: Gypsy’s Rose—Bernadette Peters, Tyne Daly, Betty Buckley
  • Sep 30: A Raisin in the Sun’s Ruth—Ruby Dee, Audra McDonald
  • Oct 7: The King and I’s Anna—Donna Murphy, Angela Lansbury
  • Oct 14: Carousel’s Julie—Barbara Cook, Shirley Jones
  • Oct 21: The Heidi Chronicles’ Heidi—Joan Allen, playwright Wendy Wasserstein
  • Oct 28: A Streetcar Named Desire’s Blanche—Julie Harris, Uta Hagen
  • Nov 4: West Side Story’s Anita—Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth
  • Nov 11: The Seagull’s Arkadina—Tyne Daly, Uta Hagen

Subscribe and Save! These events can be purchased together as part of the following subscription: Great Female Roles and the Women Who Brought Them to Life.


Brief Bio

Tony Vellela wrote and produced the PBS series 'Character Studies,'about theatre. His play 'Admissions,' a Best Play award-winner at the NY International Fringe Festival, is published by Playscripts. His theatre interviews, feature stories and reviews have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Parade, Dramatics Magazine, Theatre Week and the Robb Report, among dozens of publications. He conducts small-group script and character study sessions and monologue coaching, and writes the on-line syndicated Broadway review column,

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