"We are honored to have someone of Judd's stature working with us this season, particularly in a new play premiere by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Michael Cristofer. Having them both up here in our quaint village of Dorset for the summer is an abundance of riches!" says Dina Janis, DTF Artistic Director. The production will open on Aug. 2, running through Aug.11.
Hirsch made his 1966 Broadway debut in "Barefoot in the Park." He spent many years at New York's Circle Repertory, where he appeared in the first-ever production of Lanford Wilson's The Hot L Baltimore. After an auspicious TV-movie bow in the well-received The Law (1974), Hirsch landed his first weekly-series assignment, playing the title character in the cop drama Delvecchio (1976-77). From 1978 to 1982, he was seen as Alex Reiger in the popular comedy Taxi, earning two Emmys in the process. While occupied with Taxi, Hirsch found time to act off-Broadway, winning an Obie award for the 1979 production of Talley's Folly. In the following decade, he was honored with two Tony Awards for the Broadway efforts I'm Not Rappaport and Conversations with My Father. Post-Taxi, Judd continued his TV career with lead roles in the TV series Detective in the House and his Golden Globe-winning turn as John Lacey in Dear John (1988-92).
On the feature front, Judd was nominated for an Oscar for his iconic performance as Tim Hutton's psychiatrist in the Academy award nominated feature Ordinary People. He played Russell Crowe's mathematics mentor in another Oscar winning film, A Beautiful Mind and was seen as Jeff Goldblum's father in the movie blockbuster Independence Day. Most recently he starred with Sean Penn in This Must Be the Place, the first English language film by famed director Paolo Sorrentino, which got rave notices at the recent Cannes Film Festival. This past November he was seen in Tower Heist, a caper film also starring Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, and Alan Alda.
Mr. Hirsch, recently finished his second season on the critically acclaimed cable series Damages, starring Glenn Close. In it, he plays a former law partner of Ms. Close who has fallen on hard times.
The Whore and Mr. Moore, written by Michael Cristofer (who won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for his renowned play The Shadow Box) is part of DTF's 37th season. Subscriptions for this exciting season are still available, and can be purchased by contacting the Box Office Tuesday through Sunday from 12-6 and Wednesday through Saturday until 8 p.m. Call 802-867-2223. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.dorsettheatrefestival.org.