ATP to stage reading of Lillian Hellman’s ‘The Little Foxes’

A staged reading of Lillian Hellman's classic American drama, The Little Foxes, will be presented at the Actors Theatre Playhouse on Saturdays July 21 and 28 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for all seats, and reservations can be made through their toll-free box office line at 877-666-1855.

The Little Foxes brings us into the post-Civil War South where nothing is more important to the Hubbard clan than money and power. The ruthless, wealthy brothers and sister live in, and poison, their part of the deep South at the turn of the 20th century.

They steal, deceive, and plot against each other in their efforts to invest in one of the first cotton mills to industrialize the New South, a plan that stands to win them millions of dollars. Each has plans for what the money will buy for them, and how they will 'lord it' over their siblings.

Featured in the cast are Maureen Hart as Regina, Dan Patterson as Ben, Bob Gruen as Oscar, Ray Mahoney as Oscar, Wendy Almeida as Birdie, Clare Margand as Alexandra, Colin Grube as Leo, Maggie McGlone-Jennings as Addie, Christophre Woods as Cal, and Stewart McDermet as Marshall. The reading is directed by Sam Pilo.

“They play a deadly game of chess with all the chips on the line every time,” Pilo said in a news release. “It's enormously entertaining.”

Tallulah Bankhead originally created the iconic role of the evil and manipulative Regina in 1939, and Broadway has often revived the play as a starring vehicle for actresses such as Anne Bancroft, Greer Garson, Elizabeth Taylor, Laura Linney, and Cynthia Nixon, among many others. The title comes from the Song of Solomon: “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.”

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