Pat Bowie, a Boca Raton actress who has acted on Broadway, in Great Britain and in countless American regional theaters, is coming home next week to begin rehearsals for the Caldwell Theatre Company's season-opening production of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt. Hers is a fine role in a great play, a production made all the more special because it will be the first one in the 33-year-old theater company's new $10 million home, the Count de Hoernle Theatre.
First, though, Bowie is living a special event of her own. On Saturday at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, she will be introduced as one of 53 recipients of the 2007 United States Artists Fellowships, which award a $50,000 grant to artists at all stages of their careers. The youngest fellow, violinist Leila Josefowicz, is 30; the oldest, dancer-choreographer Anna Halprin, is 87. Bowie is in very good company. Her fellow honorees include choreographer Bill T. Jones, director Tina Landau and one of the avant-garde Wooster Group's founders, Elizabeth LeCompte.
On the versatile Bowie's resume are such diverse roles as Amanda in Noel Coward's Private Lives and multiple parts in the Broadway production of The Song of Jacob Zulu. Just over a year ago, she played the ancient Aunt Ester in August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean at Actors' Theatre of Louisville. (Production photo by Harlan Taylor.)
Here's what Judith Egerton, theater critic of the Louisville Courier-Journal, wrote of Bowie's performance: "The enrapturing Pat Bowie brings Aunt Ester fully to life, sweeping the audience into her embrace and Wilson's saga with an earthy grace, vocal dexterity and the fascinating mannerisms of an ancient woman whose body holds a reservoir of strength and love."
And now, from Dec. 2 until Jan. 6, you can catch the award-winning Bowie in Doubt at the Caldwell.