After 26 Years, Jan Maxwell Says She Is "Retiring From Theatre"

News   After 26 Years, Jan Maxwell Says She Is "Retiring From Theatre" Five-time Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell, who currently stars in PTP/NYC's production of Scenes From an Execution, is retiring from theatre after a career spanning 26 years.

Jan Maxwell and Kevin O’Rourke
Jan Maxwell and Kevin O’Rourke Photo by Stephanie Berger

In an interview with Time Out New York, she said, "I'm retiring from theatre, so I thought, What play would you really, really like to do? This is what I came up with, so we're doing it… The kinds of roles I was being offered were just…I'd been there and done that, and I just didn't want to do that anymore. If I could do television and film just to keep the health insurance going, that would be great. But I don't know if that will happen."

Maxwell plays Galactia, a painter, in the piece by Howard Barker; she previously performed the role with Potomac Theatre Project in 2008 (also at Atlantic Stage 2, where it currently runs in rep with Judith: A Parting from the Body and Vinegar Tom through Aug. 9).

She added that she has been "lucky to have had a multifaceted life in the theatre," but says that at 58 years old, "it's a lot of work and a lot of responsibility. It's eight shows a week, and I've been disappointed in the kind of theatre that you can make a living doing."

She said that the decision is a "personal choice" and that she looks ahead to traveling in the future.

Maxwell made her Broadway debut as an understudy in the Cy Coleman-David Zippel musical City of Angels in 1989. She has been Tony-nominated for her performances in Follies, The Royal Family, Lend Me a Tenor, Coram Boy and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She is an Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award winner with numerous nominations for her countless performances on and Off-Broadway.

For more information on Scenes From an Execution, click here.

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