Monday, February 06, 2017
BROADWAY WORLD -- Golden Globe-winning actress Annette Bening has been cast in “Katrina: American Crime Story,” the second installment of the universally acclaimed, award-winning limited series from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. Bening, who has also been nominated for an Emmy Award and four Academy Awards, will portray Kathleen Blanco, the governor of Louisiana during and after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Bening was last seen on stage in Public Theater’s 2014 Shakespeare in the Park production of “King Lear.” Additional theatre credits include “Ruth Draper Monolouges” at Geffen Playhouse, Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” at Mark Taper Forum, Alan Bennett’s “Talking Heads” at Tiffany Theater, Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” at Geffen Playhouse and “Medea” at UCLA. Bening received a Tony Award nomination and won the Clarence Derwent Award for Outstanding Debut Performance of the Season for her role in “Coastal Disturbances.” Bening graduated from San Francisco State University and trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco until she joined the acting company.