So how did the director of “The Silence of the Lambs” come to work with a small theater? Bernard Telsey, who is co-Artistic Director of MCC (along with Robert Lupone and William Cantler), also runs Bernard Telsey Casting, and cast Demme’s last film, “Rachel Getting Married.” Demme had been talking about casting a film of Henley’s play, which he loved. He decided to have a crack at directing it as a play. Henley has substantially revised the play since its 2000 opening, and will attend rehearsals (starting this coming Tuesday) and continue to revise, says Telsey.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Demme On Stage
Why is Jonathan Demme directing a Beth Henley play Off Broadway? (Wall St. Journal)