Women, The (2001) Production Files

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Identifier: WOMEN2001
Inclusive Dates: 2001 - 2002
Production Files documenting the 2001 production of Clare Boothe Luce's The Women at the American Airlines Theatre.  Directed by Scott Elliott, with set design by Derek McLane, costume design by Isaac Mizrahi, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt, and musical arrangements and sound design by Douglas J. Cuomo.  

The production starred Kristen Johnson as Sylvia (Mrs. Howard Fowler), Rue McClanahan as Countess De Lage, Cynthia Nixon as Mary (Mrs. Stephen Haines), Jennifer Tilly as Crystal Allen, and Mary Louise Wilson as Mrs. Morehead; with Heather Matarazzo as Jane; Lisa Emery as Nancy Blake; Amy Ryan as Peggy (Mrs. John Day); Jennifer Coolidge as Edith (Mrs. Phelps Potter); Barbara Marineau as Mrs. Wagstaff, Dowager and 2nd Salesgirl; Jennifer Butt as Olga, a Fitter and 1st Girl; Gayton Scott as 1st Hairdresser, Exercise Instructress and 2nd Girl; Roxanna Hope as 2nd Hairdresser, Helene, Princess Tamara and Debutante; Cheryl Stern as Pedicurist, Sadie and Miss Shapiro; Julie Halston as Mud Mask, 1st Woman, Lucy and 1st Saleswoman; Adina Porter as Euphie, Miss Myrtle (a model), a Nurse and Cigarette Girl; Elizabeth West as Miss Fordyce; Hallie Kate Eisenberg as Little Mary; Ann Talman as 1st Salesgirl, Miss Trimmerback and Girl in Distress; Jen Davis as 1st Model (negligee); Kelly Mares as 2nd Model (corset); Mary Bond Davis as Maggie, Susan Bruce as 2nd Saleswoman, Miss Watts and 2nd Woman;  and Lynn Collins as Miriam Aarons.  Julie Halston, Ann Talman, Roxanna Hope, Madeline Rogan, Jennifer Butt, Barbara Marineau, Gayton Scott, Cheryl Stern, Elizabeth West, Jen Davis, Brandy Mitchell and Kelly Mares acted as understudies for various roles.

2002 Awards:
Drama Desk, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Jennifer Coolidge (nominee)
Drama Desk, Outstanding Set Design of a Play, Derek McClane (nominee)
Drama Desk, Outstanding Costume Design, Isaac Mizrahi (winner)
The Women is a comedy written by Clare Luce Boothe; the play premiered on Broadway in December 1936. 

Set in 1930s New York City, "The Women" is a commentary on wealthy Manhattan socialites and the up-and-comers who run in their circles, along with the marriages, betrayals, friendships, and gossip that surround and define their lives.  Although men are often at the heart of the womens' conversations and the objects of their interpersonal power struggles, they are characters that are mentioned but never seen onstage.
Production files consist of 20 folders contained in 2 Hollinger boxes, 3 editions of the Stagebill for the production (two of which are copiously signed), some marketing flyers, a paperback copy of the Dramatists Playservice version of the script (also signed by the cast), and the cast/family photo.

Digital holdings on the Archive 1 server include the following folders:
Arts in Education Benefit (3 jpeg files)
Costume Sketches (includes the invitation to the Barney's Arts in Education benefit, 2 fitting photos and scanned Mizrahi sketches)
Education (Upstage study guide)
Management (includes digital copies of related contracts and housing documents)
Marketing (jpeg files of scanned invitations, promotional flyers, and Stagebill pages)
Media (mp4 and mp5 files of the Mizrahi Show episode about "The Women", PBS footage of the production, and press compilations)
Playbill (33 jpeg scans)
Press (Archive-scanned selects)
Production Photographs (captioned selects)
Set Sketches (11 jpegs)
Show Art (poster and logo)
Stage Manager Bible (includes contracts, set design files and bids, contact info, costume petty cash spreadsheets)

A folder in the Photographs cabinet contains multiple sized prints of the cast/family photo, color slides of production photographs, multiple contact sheet pages of color opening night photos, and black and white headshots for most of the cast.

There is a related collection of marketing materials on the Marketing shelves.  Contracts and 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: The Women 2001, Roundabout Theatre Company Archive