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    The following article appeared in today s (6/21/01) issue of the Hartford Courant newspaper http://www.ctnow.com New Show About Hepburn At Hartford Stage By
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      The following article appeared in today's (6/21/01) issue of the
      Hartford Courant newspaper http://www.ctnow.com

      New Show About Hepburn At Hartford Stage

      By FRANK RIZZO

      Courant Staff Writer
      June 21, 2001

      In a way, it was inevitable.


      After all, Hartford's Katharine Hepburn has been a prominent
      figure in the American entertainment landscape for most of the 20th
      century. When you combine her stage, film and television career with
      her unique and independent personal style, you can understand why so
      many people have been enamored of the woman, who at 94 still lives in
      her Fenwick family homestead in Old Saybrook.

      Now Matthew Lombardo, who grew up in Wethersfield, has written a
      one-person show about Hepburn at two significant stages of the
      actress's life. "Tea at Five" will be presented Feb. 7 to March 10 as
      part of Hartford Stage's main-stage season. Kate Mulgrew, known for
      her role as Captain Janeway in TV's "Star Trek: Voyager," will play
      Hepburn at two significant stages of her life: when she returned to
      Connecticut after being banished by studio heads for being "box office
      poison" in 1938; when she was 76 in 1983 after her automobile
      accident. No director has yet been named for the new work.

      The first act ends with her receiving the script to the play
      "The Philadelphia Story," which was to revive her career.
      Coincidentally, the Philip Barry play will open the main-stage
      season at Hartford Stage Oct. 4 to Nov. 4. David Warren,who staged the
      currently playing "Baptiste," will direct "The Philadelphia Story."

      Neither Hepburn nor her family has been approached regarding the work
      and production, so it is unknown what her reaction will be to the
      dramatizing of her life. Lombardo portrays it as a tribute to the
      actress but adds he will honestly touch on all aspects of her life.

      Michael Wilson, artistic director of Hartford Stage, says there are
      efforts to encourage other local institutions to have their own
      celebrations of Hepburn's life.
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