Actors Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams will present their Martha’s Vineyard stage debut at at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Performing Arts Center this Monday, June 30, at 7:30 pm. The actors, a married couple in real life, will enact the amorous relationship of Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper in “I Take Your Hand in Mine,” a play written by Carol Rocamora based on letters between the Russian author and his spouse.
Mr. Shalhoub is best known as the eponymous detective Adrian Monk in NBC’s “Monk” (2003-2009) for which he received three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for his comedic acting. He has also made appearances in “Men in Black” and “Spy Kids” among others, performed voice work in Disney/Pixar’s “Cars,” and is a cofounder of the Arab American Filmmaker Award.
Ms. Adams’s TV and film career began in 1963 when she appeared in “East Side/West Side” and includes movies like “Invasion of the Bodysnatchers” and “Man on Fire.” She has made special guest appearances in “Frasier” and several episodes of “Monk.”
Though the actors are prominent on the screen, they began their careers on the stage. After receiving his Master’s degree from Yale School for Drama, Mr. Shalhoub moved to Cambridge where he worked with the American Repertory Theater, and then to New York where he starred in Broadway shows including “The Odd Couple” and “The Heidi Chronicles.” Ms. Adams debuted on Broadway at age six when she performed in the 1954 revival of “Finian’s Rainbow.” She attended New York’s High School of Performing Arts with Lee Strasberg as her mentor.
Regular tickets to “I Take Your Hand in Mine” are $100; premium center seating is $200. Proceeds from the show will benefit Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse’s capital campaign. For ticket reservations and more information, visit vineyardplayhouse.org.