Carrie Fisher Hands Solo Debut of Wishful Drinking to L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse

News   Carrie Fisher Hands Solo Debut of Wishful Drinking to L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse Writer-actress Carrie Fisher will debut her first solo show Wishful Drinking at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse this fall.

Written and performed by Fisher, "her first-ever, world-premiere, one-woman show," will be directed by Joshua Ravetch. Previews for the new work will begin Oct. 6 toward an Oct. 14 opening. The run is currently slated to play through Dec. 17.

"Like her own life, with no intermission," reads show materials, "Ms. Fisher finally comes clean about Star Relations, 'Star Wars' and other Celestial Bodies" in Wishful Drinking. The actress will appear in her own "raucous non-stop theme-park ride through Hollywood" offering her insights and experiences that she has accumulated in her life and career. Along the way, she'll touch on her "unusual childhood [as] the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, the rise to movie icon as Princess Leia, her marriage to Paul Simon, the release of her hit movie Postcards From the Edge starring Meryl Streep... to drug addiction, bipolar disorder, motherhood, having a child with a man who forgot to tell her he was gay, waking up next to a man who died not only in his sleep...but in mine, and her ultimate triumph over adversity."

Among Fisher's numerous credits include the films "Shampoo," the first "Star Wars" trilogy, "The Man With One Red Shoe," "Hannah and Her Sisters," "When Harry Met Sally," "Austin Powers" and the upcoming "Fanboys," as well as hosting her own show "Conversations From the Edge." She has also penned the novels "Postcards From the Edge," "Surrender the Pink," "Delusions of Grandma" and her latest, "The Best Awful."

Director Ravetch recently sold the adaptation of his stage play, Off Sides, which debuted with Christine Lahti and Robert Forster in a workshop reading at The Geffen Playhouse. He has also directed Love Acts, Deathtrap, The Big Knife, The Hasty Heart, The Seagull, Waiting for Lefty and A Prayer for My Daughter.

The Geffen will next house Sam Shepard's The God of Hell, directed by Jason Alexander, June 20-July 30 to close out its current season. The Geffen Playhouse, located at 10886 Le Conte Avenue in Westwood, CA can be found online at www.geffenplayhouse.com.