Lynn Redgrave wrote Shakespeare for my Father after receiving an invitation in 1991 from the Folger to present an evening of Shakespeare and family anecdotes. She went on to develop and tour the play internationally; it was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards. It and other material related to her remarkable career as actor and playwright, acquired by the Folger Shakespeare Library in the Redgrave archive last spring, are part of a new exhibition "Here is a Play Fitted", on view after the November 11 reading and through January 12.
Kathleen Chalfant, a dear friend of Lynn Redgrave, has won numerous awards for her stage work, which includes the 1993 Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, for which she was nominated for a Tony; Wit, which earned her Obie, Drama Desk, and other awards; and her 2003 performance in Talking Heads, which earned her a second Obie.
The staged reading of Shakespeare for my Father is presented in association with the Davis Performing Arts Center of Georgetown University.