Continuing its relatively new tradition of adapting hit plays for television — Wit, Dinner with Friends, The Laramie Project, the upcoming Angels in America — HBO will present a small-screen version of Jane Anderson's controversial play, Looking for Normal.
Anderson's opus, which premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in April 2001, concerns a Midwestern couple whose lives are turned upside down when the husband reveals he plans to have a sex-change operation. The original cast at the Geffen featured Laurie Metcalf, Beau Bridges and Michael Learned.
Tom Wilkinson, the Oscar-nominated star of "The Full Monty, and Academy Award winner Jessica ("Blue Sky") Lange head the cast of the HBO version, which will be broadcast on the cable network sometime this season. No air date has yet been announced.
In an interview for Daily Variety, playwright Anderson spoke about her work. "I always like to write about the unexplored," Anderson said. "But ultimately I don't see this as just a transgendered story, it's also a metaphor for marriage. I wanted to test the extremes of a marriage. [The husband] Roy's desire to become a woman and change his sex throws up the question when you fall in love with someone, are you in love with their gender and their body or their mind, their heart and their soul?"
—By Andrew Gans