Linda Gray to Star in Stage Version of Terms of Endearment

A stage version of Terms of Endearment, starring Linda Gray, will have its world premiere next spring. The show will be presented as a co-production between the Alley Theatre in Texas (where it will run March 30, 2007 through April 29, 2007) and Hartford Stage in Connecticut (where it will play May 24, 2007 through June 24, 2007).

Terms of Endearment revolves around the conflicted relationship of the selfish Aurora Greenway (Gray) and her resolute daughter Emma. Thrown into the mix are issues of marriage, children and illness, which serve to test the boundaries of love between mother and daughter.

Larry McMurtry’s best-selling novel Terms of Endearment was previously made into an acclaimed 1983 film starring Shirley MacLaine (who won an Oscar for her performance) in the role of Aurora. The book has been adapted for the stage by Dan Gordon.

Hartford Stage Artistic Director Michael Wilson will helm Terms of Endearment.

Now Hartford Stage – in association with Houston’s Alley Theatre – is adapting another film for the stage: the Oscar-winning movie “Terms of Endearment.” The production will end the upcoming 2006-07 season with performances beginning in late May 2007.

Linda Gray will star in the role that earned Shirley MacLaine an Oscar for the 1983 film, directed by James L. Brooks, who also wrote the screenplay, based on the Larry McMurtry novel. Linda’s business partner, Dan Gordon, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter best known for “The Hurricane,” which starred Denzel Washington, will write the script, his first for the stage, based on the film script and book.

“Terms of Endearment” centers on the tumultuous relationship between an outspoken mother named Aurora and her strong-willed daughter, Emma. The film also won Oscars for Jack Nicholson, for best picture and for Brooks’ direction and screenplay.

Artistic director Michael Wilson will stage the show, which will run in Hartford May 24 to June 24.

“Terms of Endearment” completes Hartford Stage’s new season, its 43rd, which begins Aug. 31

Subscriptions are now on sale. Tickets and information: 860-527-5151 or www.hartfordstage.org.

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