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Tyne Daly as Maria Callas (photo by Joan Marcus)

Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera: Master Class

Award-winning actress Tyne Daly stars as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's Tony-winning Master Class, which depicts the diva reminiscing on the triumphs and tragedies of her life and career. Part of Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera.

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Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera
 
Master Class
By Terrence McNally
Directed by Stephen Wadsworth

From comedies and dramas to musical theater and movies, Terrence McNally has secured his place among the great modern playwrights. McNally has earned four Tony Awards (Ragtime, Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Kiss of the Spider Woman) and written theater hits from Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune to The Full Monty. For the 2009–2010 Theater season, the Kennedy Center presents The Lisbon Traviata, Master Class, and Golden Age, a special collection of three McNally plays on one of his favorite subjects--the opera.
 
A Tony winner for Best Play, Master Class stars Emmy and Tony Award–winning actress Tyne Daly as Maria Callas. The cast also includes Jeremy Cohen as Manny, Laquita Mitchell as Second Soprano (Sharon), Ta'u Pupu'a as Tenor (Tony), and Alexandra Silber as First Soprano (Sophie). The play is a portrait of the opera diva told through her recollections of the glories, triumphs, and tragedies of her own life and career. Her voice is gone, her lover is long departed, and her sanity could possibly be next. All she has is a lonely itinerary of master classes and luggage packed full of the memories that are her only travel companion. Her students are the hapless targets of her sharp tongue, while she remains the picture of innocent aristocracy. Master Class shows that while the actress may have left the stage, she will never give up her audience.

Master Class features set design by Thomas Lynch, costume design by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by David Lander, and sound design by Jon Gottlieb.

Please Note: This production contains strong language.

Performance Timing:  Act I - 60 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Act II - 60 min.

Notice: There are a limited number of $25 tickets available for this engagement. They are available for purchase in-person only at the Kennedy Center Box Office with a limit of two (2) tickets per person. Prior to coming to the Kennedy Center, please call (202) 467-4600 to check availability.

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Watch and Listen

In Conversation: Terrence McNally

Four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally gives insight into his multi-faceted career and the upcoming production of his Nights at the Opera trilogy in an intimate conversation with Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser.
Masters of McNally

In this moderated discussion, actors Zoe Caldwell, John Glover, Audra McDonald, and Richard Thomas reflect on the craft of acting and the joys and challenges of bringing Terrence McNally’s words to life.
Watch playwright Terrence McNally discuss “Master Class”

Award-winning actress Tyne Daly stars as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's Tony-winning Master Class, which depicts the diva reminiscing on the triumphs and tragedies of her life and career. Part of Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera.

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Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera: Golden Age The Kennedy Center presents the D.C. premiere of Terrence McNally's Golden Age, a backstage drama surrounding the premiere of Bellini's final opera I Puritani. Part of Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera.

In Conversation: Terrence McNally Four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally gives insight into his multi-faceted career and the upcoming production of his Nights at the Opera trilogy.

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Masters of McNally Masters of McNally In this moderated discussion, actors Zoe Caldwell, John Glover, Audra McDonald, and Richard Thomas reflect on the joys and the challenges in presenting the art of one of the great modern playwrights.

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