In 2010, Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson play in Arthur Miller A view from the bridge.
1776 Birth of ETA Hoffmann. His stories form the basis of the ballets Coppelia and Nutcracker.
1905 Buster Brownbased on Richard F. Outcault’s comic strip about a child and his dog, opens at the old Majestic Theatre.
1933 Cowardly Christmasit is design for life has its US premiere at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Coward shares the spotlight with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. Depression-era audiences were scandalized and titillated by the story of a threesome.
1979 Mabel Taliaferro, a stage veteran of many shows including George Washington slept heredies at 91.
2000 Cherry Jones and Gabriel Byrne star in Eugene O’Neillit is A Moon for the Wicked at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, followed by a stint at the Walter Kerr Theater on Broadway. The production received four 2000 Tony Award nominations and a win for Roy Dotrice (Best Featured Actor in a Play).
2008 S. Epatha Merkerson plays a wife trying to cope with loneliness, lust, and an alcoholic husband (Kevin Anderson) in a revival of Guillaume Inge1950 drama Come back, little Sheba at the Biltmore Theater.
2019 Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano play two brothers locked in their mother’s California home in a revival of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama true west.
More birthdays from today: Pierre Augustin Beaumarchais (1732-1799). Estelle Winwood (1883-1984). Vicki Baum (1888-1960). Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012). Donald Sadler (1918-2014). Helen Stenborg (1925-2011). Maria Grandchef (1925-2013). Sarah Ruhl (born in 1974). Carrie Coon (born in 1981). Daveed Diggs (born 1982).