Arizona Theatre Company offers award-winning production in new year
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Arizona Theatre Company is announcing Mimi Kennedy, who is best known for her roles on the television series Mom and Dharma & Greg, will be returning to the stage for the first time in over a decade as the title character in ATC’s world premiere of ‘Pru Payne’ by Steven Drukman this spring.
“I always want to participate in stories that affirm life in some way,” Ms. Kennedy said in a prepared statement. “And I am thrilled to play an intellectual. This role is a perfect match for me after seven decades in the industry searching for her. It is a gift on every level.”
Ms. Kennedy has been a recognizable onscreen presence in both TV and Film since the 1970s.
Her most notable film roles include Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, the political satire In the Loop opposite James Gandolfini, and the cult comedy favorite The Five Year Engagement with Emily Blunt and Jason Segel. Television viewers will also recognize Ms. Kennedy from recent roles on The CW’s In The Dark, Netflix’s Grace & Frankie, and ABC’s The Goldbergs.
Her professional acting career began on the stage opposite comedy legend Sid Caesar in Neil Simon’s Last of The Red Hot Lovers; followed soon after by her Broadway debut as a cast member of the original Broadway production of Grease, according to a press release.
“I have wanted to return to theater for more than a decade,” Ms. Kennedy said. “This layered role of a brilliant woman losing her memory and finding emotional connections is profoundly moving to me. I sobbed after reading this script and knew that I must do it. I am happy to be at Arizona Theatre Company, and especially in Phoenix and Tucson where I have good memories with old friends.”
Pru Payne is the second show under the leadership of Arizona Theatre Company’s new Kasser Family Artistic Director Matt August.
“We are thrilled that Mimi Kennedy is going to leave her indelible imprint on this character, which has been so brilliantly written by Steven Drukman. With new-play maestro Sean Daniels guiding the process, Pru is sure to be a celebrated addition to America’s rich tradition of iconic leading ladies,” he said.
Pru Payne is the 2022 winner of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and was written by Pulitzer Prize nominee Steven Drukman.
The show will run March 4 through March 25 in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art (330 S. Scott Ave.) and March 30 through April 16 in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center (222 E. Monroe St.). Tickets are on sale now; prices begin at $25.