Naked Girl on the Appian Way, A (2005) Production Files

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Identifier: NAKEDGIRL2005
Inclusive Dates: 2004 - 2005
Production Files documenting the 2005 production of Richard Greenberg's A Naked Girl on the Appian Way at the American Airlines Theatre.  Directed by Doug Hughes, with set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, and original music and sound design by David Van Tiegham.

The production starred Jill Clayburgh as Bess Lapin and Richard Thomas as Jeffrey Lapin; with Ann Guilbert as Sadie, Leslie Ayvazian as Elaine, Susan Kelechi Watson as Juliet Lapin, Matthew Morrison as Thad Lapin and James Yaegashi as Bill Lapin.  Understudies were Charlotte Maier, Ray Virta, Phyllis Johnson, Terrence Riordan, James Seol, and Nancy Franklin.

Although there was a good amount of press coverage building up to this production, particularly with profiles of the key players, the reviews were middling and there is no evidence of it having been nominated for any awards.
Set in the Hamptons, successful near-retirement authors Bess and Jeffrey Lapin prepare for a family reunion to welcome their three young adult, adopted children back from a trip around Europe.  The party atmosphere is rocked and the nature of love and family relationships called into question when two of the children announce their engagement to each other.

The play was originally commissed by South Coast Repertory and premiered there in May 2005.
Production files span 2 Hollinger boxes consisting of 19 folders, one Playbill and the cast/family photo.

The digital "Naked Girl" holdings on the Archives 1 server include folders for:
Media (video recording of a performance, and NY1 interview with Clayburgh and Thomas)
Playbill (18 jpeg scans)
Press (Archive-scanned selects)
Production Photographs (all photographs; selects are captioned)
Show Art

There is a second copy of the cast/family photo in the Photographs cabinet.

There is a related collection of "Naked Girl" marketing materials on the Marketing shelves, and the poster for the production can be found on both Archive 1 and on the Poster shelves. Contracts have been removed and housed in the Contracts cabinets; these are confidential and access is restricted.
Access Restrictions: Open and available to approved researchers by appointment only. See folder details for specific restrictions.
Preferred Citation: A Naked Girl on the Appian Way 2005, Roundabout Theatre Company Archives
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Naked Girl on the Appian Way, A

This box contains the following folders:
Author Agreement
Casting Sessions
Opening Night
Rehearsal Reports
Performance Reports
House Reports
House Seats
Ticket Services
This box contains the following folders:
Artistic and Management
Blocking Script
First Draft Script
Lighting Design
Set Design
Flame Permits