Amanda Peet's second playwrighting venture was originally crafted with “American Horror Story” mainstay Sarah Paulson in mind.
Now, the story of “Our Very Own Carlin McCullough” centers around the triangular relationship between Cyn (Mamie Gummer), her tennis prodigy of a daughter (Abigail Dylan Harrison at 10 and Caroline Heffernan at 17), and her daughter’s coach (Joe Tippett), who seeks to make her a champion. But in the beginning of her writing process, Peet was writing Cyn for her “old, old pal” Paulson.
“I was writing it for Sarah because she does a weird Georgian accent. And the character was a drunk, racist mom from Georgia in the original incarnation of the play,” Peet shared with Variety after the opening night performance at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood.
After the script went through more rewrites and iterations, Peet envisioned Gummer for the role of the conflicted mother figure instead. “I’ve been a really big fan of Mamie’s for a long time, and I particularly felt like she was really good at both comedy and drama. So she was someone I thought about very early on for the part,” Peet said.
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