Baby Doll – McCarter Theatre Center

This fall McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton is presenting a production of Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll. Originally written as a screenplay and released as a film in 1956, Pierre Laville and Emily Mann have adapted Baby Doll for the stage. Although Baby Doll made its world premiere at the¬†National Theater in London in 2000, this production is the American premiere. And Emily Mann has directed it. McCarter’s production has a great cast, including Dylan McDermott, Susannah Hoffman, Robert Joy, and Patricia Conolly. McCarter is also proud to debut a new actor: Thelma (the chicken) who plays Fussy the Hen. The play tells the story of the title character, Baby Doll (played by Susannah Hoffman), who was married off at a young age to Archie Lee Meighan (played by Robert Joy), an older man who is barely holding together his household and his cotton gin business. A mysterious fire at the nearby Syndicate Cotton Gin brings Silva Vacarro (played by Dylan McDermott) to the Meighan home looking to extract revenge of one kind or another.¬†Baby Doll opened on September 18 and runs through October 11. The New York Times reviewed Baby Doll and even ran a clip from the production footage I shot.

Over the last month or so, I worked with Tom Miller at McCarter to produce a series of videos from the behind-the-scenes trailer, to videos documenting the process for casting the role of Fussy the Hen, to an audience testimonial video. Here are the videos we produced:

Baby Doll Behind-the-Scenes Trailer

Baby Doll Behind the Scenes Trailer – McCarter Theatre Center from Dave Tavani on Vimeo.

Chicken Audition Video

Baby Doll Chicken Auditions – McCarter Theatre Center from Dave Tavani on Vimeo.

Chicken Costuming Video

Baby Doll Chicken Costuming – McCarter Theatre Center from Dave Tavani on Vimeo.

Chicken Rehearsal Video

Baby Doll Chicken Rehearsals – McCarter Theatre Center from Dave Tavani on Vimeo.

Audience Testimonial Video

Baby Doll Testimonial – McCarter Theatre Center from Dave Tavani on Vimeo.