(Sally Talley) was last seen at Roundabout Theatre Company in Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart
, directed by Kathleen Turner. Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated actress Sarah Paulson has built an impressive list of credits in film, television and on stage, challenging herself with each new role. In television, Paulson can currently be seen starring in season two of Ryan Murphy's hit series, “American Horror Story,” on F/X. Previously, in the premiere season, Paulson appeared in a multi-episode arc in the Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated drama. Most recently, Paulson was seen in HBO's critically acclaimed telefilm, “Game Change.” Directed by Jay Roach, the film follows John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Palin as his running mate, to their ultimate defeat in the general election. Paulson co-stars with Ed Harris, Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson, playing McCain's (Harris) senior campaign advisor Nicolle Wallace. For her performance, Paulson received a 2012 Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. In film, Paulson most recently completed production on director Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave
, opposite Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Paul Giamatti. Adapted from Solomon Northrup's book and based on his own life story, the film follows a man who is born free but later kidnapped and sold into slavery, as well as his eventual journey in regaining his freedom. Paulson plays Fassbender's jealous wife in this drama. Prior to that, Paulson wrapped production on Jeff Nichols' film Mud
, a drama about two boys who make a pact to help a fugitive escape from a Mississippi island. Paulson stars alongside Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey in the role of Mary Lee, a woman trying to escape her troubled marriage while balancing being a good mother and doing what is best for her. The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Upcoming, Paulson has The Time Being
alongside Wes Bentley and Frank Langella. The film is centered on an artist who meets a mysteriously wealthy benefactor, and Paulson portrays Sarah, a museum tour guide whose connection to Langella's character proves to be emotionally ravaging for the characters. The film will premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival. Last Fall Paulson was seen in Fox Searchlight's critically acclaimed film Martha Marcy May Marlene
, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film, nominated for a Gotham Award™ for Best Ensemble Cast, was written and directed by Sean Durkin and also stars Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes and Hugh Dancy. Paulson's other recent film work includes Lionsgate's Christmas Day 2008 release, The Spirit
, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes, and Scarlett Johansson. Adapted from the legendary comic strip, The Spirit
is a classic action-adventure-romance, told by genre-twister Frank Miller (creator of Sin City
). Paulson's other film credits include Marry Harron's The Notorious Bettie Page
; Down with Love 4
with Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor and David Hyde Pierce; What Women Want
opposite Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt; The Other Sister
directed by Gary Marshall and starring Diane Keaton and Juliette Lewis, and Diggers
alongside Paul Rudd and Ken Marino. Paulson's Golden Globe® nominated role was in Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", in which she starred opposite Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford, and Steven Weber. Paulson portrayed Harriet Hayes, a cast member of a late-night sketch comedy series who is also in a complicated relationship with the show's executive producer, played by Perry. Her major television credits also include the lead role on the drama "Leap of Faith," "Deadwood,” "Path to War” opposite Alec Baldwin and Donald Sutherland; "Jack and Jill,” "Cupid” opposite Bobby Cannavale, and the series "American Gothic" with Gary Cole. On stage, Paulson most recently starred on Broadway in the two-hander Collected Stories
opposite Linda Lavin. Previously she appeared on Broadway as Laura Wingfield in the revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie
, alongside Jessica Lange. She also starred opposite Alfred Molina and Annette Bening in the critically acclaimed The Cherry Orchard
for the Mark Taper Forum playing Varya. Her other stage credits include Tracy Lett's off-Broadway production of Killer Joe
(opposite Scott Glenn and Amanda Plummer), Horton Foote's Talking Pictures
at the Signature Theatre, and the off-Broadway production The Gingerbread House
opposite Bobby Cannavale. Paulson currently resides in Los Angeles.
LANFORD WILSON (Playwright) was the author of Balm In Gilead, The Rimers Of Eldritch, The Gingham Dog, Lemon Sky, Serenading Louie, The Hot L Baltimore, The Mound Builders, Angels Fall, Burn This, Redwood Curtain, Trinity, 5th Of July, Talley & Son, Talley's Folly, Book Of Days, Rain Dance and some twenty produced one act plays including Brontosaurus, The Great Nebula In Orion and the paired A Poster Of The Cosmos and The Moonshot Tape. For television: “Taxi!” (no relation to the series) and “The Migrants”, from a story by Tennessee Williams. He also wrote the libretto for Lee Hoiby's opera of Williams' Summer And Smoke and a new translation of Chekov's Three Sisters. By The Sea, By The Sea, By The Beautiful Sea (of which he wrote one of the three plays) premiered at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York in 1995 and was later done at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City in 1996. His play, Virgil Is Still The Frogboy (now entitled A Sense Of Place), was produced by the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York, in August and September, 1996. His play Sympathetic Magic was produced by Second Stage in March of 1997. His play Book Of Days was commissioned by the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan, where it opened in April 1998. Awards include the Brandeis University Creative Arts Award in Theatre Arts, The Institute of Arts and Letters Award, The Edward Albee Last Frontier Award, The John Steinbeck Award, The Drama-Logue Award (Los Angeles) for Talley's Folly and 5th Of July, two New York Drama Critic's Circle Awards for Best Play (Talley's Folly and Hot L), 2 Obie Awards for Best Play (Hot L and The Mound Builders), an Obie Award for Sustained Achievement, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (Talley's Folly). Wilson was a founder (with Tanya Berezin, Rob Thirkield and Marshall W. Mason) of The Circle Repertory Company in New York City and was a resident playwright there from 1969-1995. He was a member of the Dramatists Guild Council and made his home in Sag Harbor since 1970. He died on March 24, 2011.
MICHAEL WILSON (Director) was most recently represented on Broadway by the Tony nominated revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. He received 2010 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his direction of Horton Foote’s three-part, nine-hour epic The Orphans’ Home Cycle. Broadway: The Tony nominated plays: Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate, and Matthew Barber’s Enchanted April (Outer Critics Circle nom); and the 2007 RTC revival of John Van Druten’s Old Acquaintance. Off-Broadway: Jane Anderson’s Defying Gravity, Eve Ensler’s Necessary Targets, Foote’s The Carpetbagger’s Children (Lincoln Center Theatre), Tina Howe’s Chasing Manet (Primary Stages), Christopher Shinn’s Picked (Vineyard Theatre) and What Didn’t Happen (Playwrights Horizons), Tennessee Williams’ The Red Devil Battery Sign and The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (RTC), among others. International: Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Parts 1 & 2 (Venice Biennale). Resident: A.R.T., Alley, Goodman, Guthrie, Huntington, Long Wharf, and Old Globe theaters. From 1998 to 2011, Mr. Wilson was Artistic Director of Hartford Stage, where he produced the East Coast premiere of Lanford Wilson's Book of Days.