THE LITTLE FOXES  Text – Lillian Hellman
Direction – Ivo van Hove

First preview
Friday, September 10, 2010
Opening night
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Final performance
Sunday, October 31, 2010

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Dramaturg – Thibaud Delpeut
Scenic Design – Jan Versweyveld
Costume Design – Kevin Guyer
Lighting Design – Jan Versweyveld
Sound Design Thibaud Delpeut
Video Design – Tal Yarden

Production Photos

Tina Benko
Marton Csokas
Lynda Gravatt
Elizabeth Marvel
Cristin Milioti
Thomas Jay Ryan
Greig Sargeant
Sanjit De Silva
Christopher Evan Welch
Nick Westrate


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Acclaimed director Ivo van Hove returns to NYTW to take on one of Lillian Hellman’s most well-known plays, The Little Foxes. Van Hove’s fresh vision of this iconic play will be a study of how women of different races and classes contend with male aggression, power, and domination. Elizabeth Marvel, who has memorably collaborated with van Hove at NYTW, playing the title role of Hedda Gabler and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, will take
on the role of Regina Giddens, the strong and determined woman at the center of Hellman’s web of deceit.

Performance schedule:
Tuesday at 7:00pm
Wednesday – Friday at 8:00pm
Saturday at 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday at 2:00pm & 7:00pm. 
Saturday, September 11, 8:00pm performance only
Sunday, September 12, 7:00pm performance only
Monday, September 20, 7:00pm performance
Wednesday, September 22, No performance
Saturday, September 25, 8:00pm performance only

Student Matinee:
Thursday, September 23 at 1:00pm

4th Street Bar Association Night
Sept. 16

Repeat Defender's Night
Sept. 28 with pre-show reception

Running time:
2 hours
No intermission

AfterWords (post-performance audience discussion):
Wednesday, September 15
Discussion with director Ivo van Hove, video designer Tal Yarden, and costume designer Kevin Guyer. Moderated by Catherine Coray, director of the International hotINK Festival and Associate Arts Professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
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Tuesday, September 28
Discussion with the Cast of The Little Foxes moderated by NYTW Casting Director, Jack Doulin
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Friday, October 8
Panel discussion – Revisioning and Reinventing The Little Foxes
Participants: Sharon Friedman, associate professor at NYU Gallatin and author of Feminist Theatrical Revisions of Classic Works; Lenora Champagne, NYTW Usual Suspect, professor of drama at Purchase College, writer, director, and solo performer; moderated by Amy S. Green, Associate Professor of Communication and Theater Arts, Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies Program of John Jay College.

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Tuesday, October 19
Discussion with the Cast of The Little Foxes moderated by NYTW Director of Education, Bryn Thorsson

Little Foxes Study Guide for Students and Teachers

Please remember that performances start promptly and latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break.
There is a monitor in the lobby where late-comers can view the performance. If you leave the auditorium during the performance, you may be asked to wait until a suitable break before you can reenter.

About the artists:

Ivo van Hove (1958) began his career as a stage director in 1981, working with plays
he had written himself (Ziektekiemen, Geruchten). He was artistic manager at AKT,
Akt-Vertical and De Tijd, successively. Between 1990 and 2000 he was the director at Het Zuidelijk Toneel. Since 2001, Van Hove has been general director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam
(the Amsterdam Theatre Group). He has coordinated productions at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Venice Biennale, the Holland Festival, Theater der Welt in Germany, the Wiener Festwochen in Vienna, as well as working in London, Canada, Lisbon, Paris, Verona, Hannover, Porto, Cairo, Poland and New York. He has directed companies from the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, the Staatstheater in Stuttgart and the New York Theatre Workshop. He produced Thuisfront for Dutch television and his first cinematic film, Amsterdam, came
out in 2009. Ivo van Hove directed the musical Rent for Joop van den Ende.

At the Vlaamse Opera, he staged a production of Lulu (Alban Berg) and the complete Ring Cycle by Wagner (2006 – 2008). He put on a production of Janàcek’s De Zaak Makropoulos and Tchaikovsky’s Lolanta for the De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam. From 1998 to 2004, Ivo van Hove was festival manager of the Holland Festival, where he presented an annual selection of international theatre, music, opera and dance. Since 1984, Van Hove has worked as part of the artistic management of the Department of Dramatic Art at Hogeschool Antwerpen.

At the Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Van Hove has recently directed Angels in America by Tony Kushner, the marathon performance of Romeinse Tragedies based on the work of Shakespeare, Opening Night by John Cassavetes, Rocco And His Brothers by Luchino Visconti and Teorema based on the work of Pier Paolo Pasolini (in partnership with the Ruhrtriennale), Antonioni-project by Michelangelo Antonioni, Kreten en gefluister (Cries and Whispers) by Ingmar Bergman, La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice) by Jean Cocteau and Zomertrilogie (Summer Trilogy) by Carlo Goldoni.

Past productions with New York Theatre Workshop include More Stately Mansions (1997) A Streetcar Named Desire (1999), Alice in Bed (2001), Hedda Gabler (2004), and The Misanthrope (2008).

Lillian Florence Hellman was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1905 to a shoe salesman father but by 1932 she was in Hollywood and a reader for MGM. Her partner Dashiell Hammett, encouraged Hellman to write and the result was her first piece of professional theater, “The Children’s Hour,” which was not only a Broadway hit, but brought Hellman recognition as a playwright and lead to more works including “The Little Foxes.” Hellman continued to challenge herself throughout her life and in 1969 published “An Unfinished Woman”, the first of three memoirs detailing her social, political and artistic life. Helman received numerous honors before her 1984 death, some of which include two New York Drama Critics Circle Awards and an Academy Award nomination for best script for her screenplay adaptation of “The Little Foxes”.


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