The Catholic University of America

Jan. 17, 2006

Four Acclaimed Actors Reunite for Scholarship Fundraiser 50 Years After Their Last Collegiate Play Together

Back in 1956, four acting students performed together in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Although they didn't know it then, a Tony Award and careers full of work in films and on Broadway lay ahead of them. A half-century later, they will reunite to perform together again, for a benefit to raise funds for CUA drama scholarships.

The four actors are Philip Bosco, David Sabin, Bob Milli and Barbara Andres, who will perform a dramatic reading of George Bernard Shaw's "Don Juan in Hell" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, at CUA's Hartke Theatre. And there is a twist to the tale: The very same faculty member who directed their 1956 performance - Bill Graham, former chair of CUA's Department of Drama - will direct the actors' February dramatic reading.

The actors themselves initiated the idea of this benefit performance to fund undergraduate drama scholarships. During their upcoming week of on-campus rehearsals, they plan to engage with current CUA drama students by meeting with them and participating in acting classes.

The actors have a wealth of professional experience to share:

Philip Bosco won a 1989 best-actor Tony Award for his lead role in the musical "Lend Me a Tenor." He has acted in 37 movies and been a guest star on nearly all New York-based television series. One of Broadway's most acclaimed actors, he has been nominated for six Tony Awards, has received an Emmy Award and has won the New York Critics Circle Award, Obie Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

David Sabin uprooted his 33-year New York acting career in 1997 to move to Washington, D.C., where he is a leading member of the Shakespeare Theatre, one of nation's pre-eminent Shakespeare stages. He has acted in a number of Broadway, off-Broadway and television productions, performing with some of the world's leading actors, including Derek Jacobi, Bette Davis, Tammy Grimes, James Earl Jones, Christopher Plummer and Dustin Hoffman.

Robert Milli has played leading roles at a variety of venues including Arena Stage, Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater, New Haven, Conn.'s Long Wharf Theatre and on Broadway, where he played Horatio to Richard Burton's Hamlet in John Gielgud's historic production of Shakespeare's tragedy. In addition to his roles in movies and on prime-time television, he is well known to viewers of daytime television as a 16-year veteran of major soap opera roles.

Barbara Andres is a popular veteran of Broadway and the movies who has played the role of mother to such high-profile actors as Glenn Close, Jodie Foster, Annette Benning and John C. Reilly. She has performed in regional theaters such as the Guthrie Theater, the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage and Huntington Theatre Company, as well as on television series such as "Law & Order" and "The Sopranos."

An hour and a half long, "Don Juan in Hell" is the third act of Shaw's "Man and Superman" and often is performed as an independent play. In it, the legendary lothario Don Juan is in hell, where he debates the advantages of heaven and hell with three other characters: the devil, who has recently moved from heaven to hell; the recently deceased Doña Ana, whom Don Juan seduced in life; and Ana's father, who Don Juan killed in a duel and who later came back to life as a statue and ushered Don Juan into the afterlife.

A special reception for the actors and audience will take place after the Friday, Feb. 3, performance. General admission tickets to the event are $30 for the Feb. 3 performance and reception, and $25 for the Feb. 4 and 5 performances. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the Hartke Box Office at 202-319-4000.

MEDIA: To arrange coverage of the event, contact Katie Lee or Chris Harrison in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

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The CUA Department of Drama is one of the nation's most distinguished drama programs. Catholic University has a 65-year history of producing professional actors. Its alumni include Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon, Frances Sternhagen, Susan Anspach, Pat Carroll, Laurence Luckinbill, Henry Gibson (of "Laugh-In" fame), Halo Wines, and the four actors who are reading at this event.

The Catholic University of America, located near the heart of Washington, D.C., is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church in America. Founded in 1887 and chartered by Congress, the university opened as a graduate and research institution. Undergraduate programs were introduced in 1904. Today the private and coeducational campus has approximately 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in 11 schools of architecture and planning, arts and sciences, canon law, engineering, law, library and information science, music, nursing, philosophy, social service, and theology and religious studies.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, harrisoc@cua.edu
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, leect@cua.edu