Wake Up, I'm Fat, Camryn Manheim's one-woman show about corpulence, by turns both touching and hilarious -- enjoyed a successful engagement at Off-Broadway's Public Theatre a few years ago. Now, it's destined for the bestseller charts.
Broadway Books forked up a hefty sum for the privilege of publishing these largely autobiographical rants and observations and will bring the material out in book form next summer.
Meanwhile, the actress isn't resting on her laurels -- she's currently an Emmy contender for her supporting role on the new series, "The Practice" -- and she's scaring up a little theatre and film work during her current hiatus from the show. "I'm doing the new Frank Whalley film that he wrote, Pleasantville Avenue," she said. "I'm going to play his most memorable schoolteacher."
Manheim recently did another schoolteacher -- in a nun's habit -- in the Bruce Willis action feature, Mercury Rising.
Previous Manheim theatre credits included Woyzeck, directed by Joanne Akalaitis at the Public, and a 1993 Saint Joan of the Stockyards at Yale Rep. She also appeared in a 1994, Off-Broadway CSC mounting of Marivaux's The Triumph of Love. -- By Harry Haun