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Hollywood Star Elaine Hendrix Takes Stage for UNA Summer Theatre

Jun. 19, 2012

FLORENCE, Ala. – Acclaimed Hollywood producer and actress Elaine Hendrix is gearing up to take the stage for the University of North Alabama’s Summer Theatre 2012 adaptation of the classic 1947 Broadway production “A Streetcar Named Desire.”


Hendrix will fill the role of Blanche DuBois, the romantic protagonist lost in self-delusion, opposite Broadway alum Myk Watford, playing the role of Stanley Kowalski. Directed by two-time Tony nominee Randal Myler, this production is part of the University’s Summer Theatre program, which gives UNA’s Department of Music and Theatre students integrated opportunities with professional actors.


“One of the priorities of Summer Theater is to bring in professional actors for our students to work with,” said UNA theater faculty Charlton James. “(Hendrix) is someone for our students to look up to, and she is appealing to the audience because many people have seen the movies she has been in. She has been wonderful to work with, and, at the same time, students are networking and making connections with professionals.”


With more than 100 film, television and stage credits under her belt, the talented actress is perhaps best known for her role as opportunistic, scheming fiancée Meredith Blake in the 1998 Disney remake of “The Parent Trap.” She has also been cast in countless movies such as “Inspector Gadget 2,” SNL’s “Superstar,” “What the Bleep Do We Know!?” and the cult classic “Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion.” Her television projects include “Castle,” “The Mentalist,” “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “CSI: Miami,” “Rules of Engagement,” “90210” and two years on the critically acclaimed CBS series “Joan of Arcadia,” among many others. She is soon to appear alongside Janeane Garofolo and Larry Miller in the upcoming film “General Education,” which is set to release in August.


The Tennessee-born and Los Angeles-living star remains just as active off screen by devoting her free time ensuring humane care and treatment of neglected or abused animals as co-founder of the nonprofit organization Animal Rescue Corps. Hendrix is also an annual Honorary Committee Member of the Genesis Awards, presented by The Humane Society of the United States, and she received the Guardian Award at the National Animal Rights Conference for her animal work. She has also received numerous other awards and honors for both her humanitarian and acting work, including two Telly Awards (one for her work on “Pets 90210”), two festival Best Actress awards and the Founder’s Award at the Secret City Film Festival. 


“A Streetcar Named Desire” runs from June 28 until July 8 at UNA’s George S. Lindsey Theater. Evening show times are June 28 to 30 and July 5 to 7 at 7:30 p.m. Afternoon show times are June 30 and July 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale in the UNA Department of Music and Theatre office or Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts. For more information, contact 256-765-5500 or visit the web at www.una.edu/summertheatre.