Amber Tamblyn to Make Broadway Debut in ‘The Miss Firecracker Contest’

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star Amber Tamblyn will make her Broadway debut in the spring of 2013 in a revival of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Beth Henley’s 100-proof comedy The Miss Firecracker Contest, directed by two-time Tony winner Judith Ivey (currently starring on Broadway in The Heiress). Broadway theater and dates to be announced.

Cast and Crew Bios

Amber Tamblyn is an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award nominated actor. Ms. Tamblyn will be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s soon to be released motion picture, Django Unchained, and in 2013 she will star in the feature film 3 Nights in the Desert. Her film work includes, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films, 127 Hours and Stephanie Daley. On television Ms. Tamblyn starred in the title role in “Joan of Arcadia” and was featured on the long running “House.” In addition to her work as an actor, Ms. Tamblyn is a nationally known poet. Two books of Ms. Tamblyn’s poetry have been published, Bang Ditto and Free Stallion and she is working on a new collection to be published in 2013. She is the producer of The Drums Inside Your Chest, an annual poetry concert, and co-founded the nonprofit, Write Now Poetry Society.

Beth Henley (Playwright) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play for Crimes Of The Heart, one of the two of her plays that has been performed on Broadway along with The Wake Of Jamey Foster. Off-Broadway productions include: The Miss Firecracker Contest, Am I Blue, The Lucky Spot, The Debutante Ball, Abundance, Impossible Marriage and Family Week. Other awards include: American Theatre Wing 1998 Award for Distinguished Achievement in Playwrighting; Susan Smith Blackburn Finalist for Crimes Of The Heart and Ridiculous Fraud; Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award, 2000; New York Stage and Film Honoree, 2007; ATHE Career Achievement Award, 2010. Ms. Henley wrote the screenplay for the acclaimed film version of Crimes Of The Heart for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. The film starred Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard. She also wrote the screenplay for Miss Firecracker starring Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen and Tim Robbins.

The Miss Firecracker Contest Accolades

The Miss Firecracker Contest was first presented to New York audiences in 1984 at the Manhattan Theater Club. Then New York Times critic Frank Rich said of the play that Beth Henley’s “comic voice has the crazed yet liberating sound of a Rebel yell.” It was later made in the 1989 feature film starring Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen and Tim Robbins.

The Miss Firecracker Contest Story

The Miss Firecracker Contest is the inspiring story of Carnelle Scott (Tamblyn), a Southern orphan living in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Carnelle is furiously rehearsing her patriotic tap dance for The Miss Firecracker Contest—hoping that a victory will salvage her tarnished reputation as the town’s “Miss Hot Tamale” and allow her to leave Brookhaven in a “crimson blaze of glory.” The unexpected arrival of her cousin Elain, a former Miss Firecracker Queen, (who has walked out on her rich but boring husband and two small children) and Elain’s eccentric brother, Delmount (recently released from a mental institution), threatens to derail Carnelle’s total makeover. Carnelle perseveres—leading to a climax of hilarity, heart and radiant fireworks!

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