"Amanda Wingfield is one of the great and few, really powerful, classic, American, female roles in literature," the 70-year-old actress said at a New York press event for Tony nominees Wednesday. "She is sort of the female Hamlet, in a way. Certainly, in that she never stops talking. She is complicated and it is such great literature that it constantly invites interpretation and, certainly, [director] Sam Gold has taken that challenge and has looked at it in a different way. For me ... a 'thrill' becomes almost too lightweight a word. This kind of role, doing this, this way at the Belasco, it really calls upon the 54 years in my life I've worked to be able to do it."
Co-starring Madison Ferris, Joe Mantello and Finn Wittrock, the play follows a financially struggling, former debutante, who is desperate to find a suitor for her painfully shy daughter, while her son works to support them.