Stage Door News

Stratford: Stratford Festival’s “Three Tall Women” nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards

Thursday, February 23, 2023

We are delighted to announce that our film of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women has been nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards.

Martha Henry, whose remarkable performance as A was captured for the film just weeks before her death from cancer, is nominated for Best Lead Performer in a TV Movie.

Barry Avrich of Melbar Entertainment Group is nominated for Best Director of a TV Movie, for his beautiful transformation of the stage production, which was directed by Diana Leblanc.

The film, which was broadcast on CBC and is on CBC Gem, is also up for Best Performing Arts Program.

In addition to Martha Henry, the film features Lucy Peacock as B, Mamie Zwettler as C, and Andrew Iles as The Boy.

“Our production of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women was to have been presented in 2020, but had to be cancelled early in the pandemic,” says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “During those dreadful months, we also learned of Martha’s diagnosis, and getting the play to the stage and then to the screen became of great import. Martha’s performance was beyond anything I have ever seen, and we are all so proud to see it honoured with this nomination. My congratulations go to Barry, Diana, Lucy, Mamie, Andrew and the entire team for both the screen and stage productions. This is a wonderful acknowledgment of a very special production.”

“This was a thrilling opportunity to immortalize one of the great performances of all time,” says Avrich, who is both the director and producer of the film, “and to continue ensuring that the legacy of Stratford’s brilliant productions is seen by the next generation of theatre lovers.”

Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women is available on Stratfest@Home until mid-October. The film was made possible through a one-time special arrangement with the Estate of Edward Albee in acknowledgment of the final performance of Martha Henry.

Subscriptions to Stratfest@Home, are just $10 a month. The streaming platform features the best in Canadian digital theatrical productions, including the Stratford Festival’s acclaimed Shakespeare films, selected productions from the 2021 and 2022 seasons, original digital content, and selected events from the Festival’s Meighen Forum, along with documentaries and original content from across the country.

Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women is a Melbar Entertainment Group production in partnership with the Stratford Festival.

Photo: Lucy Peacock, Martha Henry and Mamie Zwettler in Three Tall Women. © 2020 David Hou.