Joanna Gleason-Directed Master Class, Starring Phylicia Rashad, Begins July 9 | Playbill

Regional News Joanna Gleason-Directed Master Class, Starring Phylicia Rashad, Begins July 9

Theatre Aspen and the Aspen Music Festival and School present Terrence McNally's Tony-winning drama.

Joanna Gleason and Phylicia Rashad

Theatre Aspen and the Aspen Music Festival and School again join forces for two performances of Terrence McNally's Tony-winning Master Class July 9–10 at 7:30 PM at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado.

Tony winner Joanna Gleason (Into the Woods, The Normal Heart) directs a cast led by two-time Tony winner Phylicia Rashad (A Raisin in the Sun, Skeleton Crew) as famed opera star Maria Callas.

Rashad is joined on stage by sopranos Anna Thompson and Marissa Moultrie and tenor Joseph Tancredi—three opera fellows of AMFS’ Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS program—all accompanied by pianist Rhys Burgess from AMFS’ Collaborative Piano program.

“I love this play—and the chance to hear glorious, rising talent bring it to life is thrilling,” said Gleason in an earlier statement. “I’m so happy to be reuniting with Phylicia, who brings such fierce intelligence, heart, and humor to every role.”

Inspired by real master classes that Callas gave at the Juilliard School in the 1970s, the original Broadway production starred Zoe Caldwell as the legendary opera singer. The production won three 1996 Tonys: Best Play, Best Actress in a Play (Caldwell), and Best Featured Actress in a Play (Audra McDonald).

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