Presented as part of the 2007 Women Center Stage Festival, Leigh Silverman directs the "new script workshop production" at the Culture Project 7:30 PM on both evenings. Tomei appears as Hester Prynne opposite Cannavale in Carol Gilligan's adaptation of the classic Nathaniel Hawthorne novel. The actor seen in Hurlyburly has experience with the literary work, having appeared in Suzan-Lori Parks' take on it, Fucking A. He replaces the previously-announced star David Strathairn, who appeared with Tomei in Broadway's Salome.
Also featured in the cast are Ron Cephas Jones (Gem of the Ocean, Our Lady of 121st Street) and Marin Ireland (Cyclone, The Ruby Sunrise). Karen Beaumont, Dan Colman, John McAdams, Tom Nellis, Henny Russell, and Ching Valdez appear.
Women Center Stage began in 1996 to "address the starkly consistent under representation of women artists." Culture Project artistic director Allan Buchman stated, "I felt it was important to create a destination to celebrate women artists, to acknowledge the crucial impact of this work, and to offer space to continue to generate it."
Works that have previously played at the Women Center Stage have gone on to commercial runs, including Staceyann Chin's Border Clash, Geraldine Hughes' Belfast Blues, Yeardley Smith's The Good Life (later titled More) and Heather Raffo's Nine Parts of Desire.
For tickets and a complete schedule for all WCS events, at Culture Project's new SoHo home (at 55 Mercer Street) and other venues, call (212) 925-1900 or visit cultureproject.org.