Stepping Out

Hollywood actors headline LA Stage Co. fundraiser

Film, television and theater stars Brooke Adams, Polly Draper and Tony Shalhoub are scheduled to perform a live-streamed reading of Harold Pinter’s “Old Times” Sunday night as part of a fundraising event for Los Altos Stage Company.

Tony Shalhoub
Shalhoub

The theater company’s connection with the trio involves board member Vivian Lufkin, who arranged for her friend Draper to Zoom-bomb the July board meeting. Not only did she virtually drop in – Draper also brought along her good friends and fellow actors Shalhoub and his wife Adams. As the subsequent conversation developed, the three actors volunteered to come up with something that would serve as a fundraising event for LASC.

The decision to perform “Old Times” came about because, as Draper said in a press release, “We all love the play, and it’s a perfect fit for the three of us.”

Pinter’s “Old Times,” which premiered in 1971, is a three-character domestic drama overlaid with ambiguity and mystery. It was the first full-length play to come from Pinter since his Tony Award-winning 1965 hit “The Homecoming.”
Draper and Shalhoub met and performed a scene from this play while attending the Yale School of Drama. Draper also met and performed with Adams in a local Connecticut production during that time, and the three have been close friends for 40 years.

Draper is an award-winning actress, writer, producer and director who first became known for her work on the hit TV series “Thirtysomething.” Her other credits include starring opposite John Ritter in the TV movie “Heartbeat” and appearing on the shows “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Monk.”

Shalhoub was the star of the cable series “Monk” for eight years, winning a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards for his work. More recently, he took home the 2019 Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Abe Weissman in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” He also has been nominated for four Tony Awards.

Adams started her career on the stage and has performed in several Broadway plays. Her film career took off in the 1970s, during which she starred in “Days of Heaven,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “Cuba.”

Sunday’s livestreamed reading is scheduled 5-6:30 p.m.

Tickets to access the performance are $50. A limited number of VIP tickets – which include access to a virtual post-show reception with the artists, along with a wine and cheese basket delivered to your home – are $750 per household.

For tickets and more information, visit losaltosstage.org.

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