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EXCLUSIVE: Sean Young will make her New York stage debut as slain B-movie star Susan Cabot in an Off Broadway production of Rider McDowell’s play Ode To The Wasp Woman.
The play, which begins previews Oct. 30 at The Actors Temple Theatre, chronicles the last 48 hours in the lives of four 1950s B-movie actors: Cabot, the leading lady of the Roger Corman’s 1959 cult classic The Wasp Woman; George Reeves, star of TV’s Superman; Carl ‘Alfalfa’ Switzer of the “Our Gang” comedies; and B-movie queen and Bride of the Gorilla star Barbara Payton.
Opening night for the 13-week engagement is Thursday, November 9. Casting for the other three featured roles will be announced at a later date. Forwood C. Wiser produces.
In a statement, Young called the play “a sly cautionary tale about ambitious people who work in Hollywood, become desperate, and how show business chews them up. I’m looking forward to purging my own personal experience of being eaten alive in Hollywood.”
Young’s movie credits include Blade Runner, No Way Out, Wall Street, Ace Ventura Pet Detective and A Kiss Before Dying, among others.
The synopsis: “The desperate and sensational events that lead to the demise of these four fallen stars are told in four one acts with music, a veritable homage to film noir and true crime.”
Playwright McDowell, who will also direct, said, “I wrote Ode To The Wasp Woman as a paen to my boyhood TV heroes of the the 1960s and 70s. When I learned on the same rainy day in 1970 that Superman and Alfalfa were both dead, it shocked me. Fold in the deaths of ‘Wasp Woman’ Susan Cabot and Barbara ‘I am not ashamed’ Payton, actresses I admired, and the grim picture was complete. Ode To The Wasp Woman reveals the who, what, where, if not the
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