Roll out the red carpet

Many actors have graced the stage of Piper’s Opera House over the years—from the 19th century actress Lillie Langtry to present-day actor Hal Holbrook. This weekend, the opera house adds another name to its glittering roster with the guest appearance of Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis. She’ll be in Virginia City for a meet-and-greet fundraiser to benefit the venerable theater. While she’s best known for her Oscar-winning performance in the 1987 film Moonstruck, the 72-year-old actress has appeared in many films and television programs in her 35-year career. She has acted in Broadway and off-Broadway productions and even founded The World Theatre in Montclair, N.J., with her husband, actor Louis Zorich. She also teaches acting classes at universities and colleges across the country and is active in numerous organizations, including NOW, Women in Film and Amnesty International. During this presentation, Dukakis will discuss her rendition of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, which is in development for Broadway, and sign copies of her books, which include her autobiography Ask Me Again Tomorrow: A Life in Progress. The event begins 3 p.m. July 19 at Piper’s Opera House, 1 North “B” St. in Virginia City. Tickets are $50. Visit or call 847-0433.