Thursday, April 18, 2024

New York Theater: Annette Bening Isn’t Only Member of Her Family on Stage This Spring As Son Stephen Ira Makes Debut Downtown


Everyone’s very excited about Annette Bening on Broadway this spring in Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons.” She opens next Monday. The should-have-an Oscar actress hasn’t been on Broadway in thirty years, when she debuted in “Coastal Disturbances.” (I saw her– she was terrific. We were both six years old at the time!)

But Bening won’t be the only member of her family on a New York stage this spring. I’m told her transgender son, Stephen Ira, will appear for one night only on June 5th in a new play by artist Lonely Christopher called “Endymion Dreams the Moon.” The theater is Dixon Place down on Chrystie Street.

Stephen Ira, who’s getting an MFA at the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop, is also the son of Warren Beatty. Stephen Ira is also a co-founder and co-editor of “Vetch: A Magazine of Trans Poetry and Poetics.” He’s recently been published in the prestigious Poetry Magazine.

Coincidentally, his co-star for the night is the great Tony Torn, son of the late great Geraldine Page and the eternally cool Rip Torn. How cool is that? New York theater lives on through new generations of great actors!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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