Mulgrew To Take 'Tea' On TV?

By Caillan
July 3, 2003 - 6:53 AM

Kate Mulgrew's (Kathryn Janeway) one-woman play, Tea at Five, could soon end up on the television screen.

Variety columnist Army Archerd reported the play may be made into a mini-series, according to Playbill Online. The move comes less than a week after the death of the play's subject, screen legend and four-time Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn.

Richard Fischoff, whose credits include The Osmonds, Don't Look Down and Mother Knows Best, has been approached to produce the television version of Tea at Five. Academy Award-nominee Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Mask) is the leading candidate to direct the mini-series.

Written by playwright Matthew Lombardo especially for Kate Mulgrew, Tea at Five sees the Star Trek: Voyager actress portray Hepburn in two crucial periods of her life. The first act takes place after the 31-year-old Hepburn was dubbed "box office poison", while in the second half Hepburn is an old woman reflecting on her romance with Spencer Tracy. Playbill Online did not report whether Mulgrew would also appear in the television version, but she would likely be the front-runner for the role.

Tea at Five finishes its run at the Promenade Theatre in New York on July 13 and then moves to Florida prior to a national tour (story).

The original Playbill article can be found at Yahoo! News. Thanks to Holly Kim Wilson for this!

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