Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Clifford Odets' backstage drama THE COUNTRY GIRL is considered a "modern classic" of American theatre. The Illinois Theatre Center of Park Forest is proud to present it as the opening production of their 33rd Season, starting September 26th.
THE COUNTRY GIRL tells the story of a washed-up, alcoholic stage actor, his devoted wife, and the young director who puts his own career on the line to give the actor a shot at a comeback. The play premiered on Broadway in 1950, starring Paul Kelly, Uta Hagen and Stephen Hill. The film version (1954) starred Bing Crosby, William Holden, and Grace Kelly, who earned an Oscar. The play was revived on Broadway earlier this year with Morgan Freeman, Frances McDormand and Peter Gallagher.
Clifford Odets was born in 1906 in Philadelphia and raised in the Bronx. He helped found the Group Theatre, a highly influential company that utilized the acting techniques associated with Stanislavski. After briefly trying acting, Odets decided to become the Group Theatre's first original playwright. His first two plays, WAITING FOR LEFTY and AWAKE AND SING (1935) brought him fame and fortune, and the attention of Hollywood. He divided his time between writing for the stage and the screen. His best known plays include GOLDEN BOY (1937), ROCKET TO THE MOON (1938), THE BIG KNIFE (1949), THE COUNTRY GIRL (1950) and THE FLOWERING PEACH (1954). Movie screenplays include “Humoresque” (1946) and “Sweet Smell of Success” (1957).