Frances Sternhagen will find herself in The Exact Center of the Universe beginning March 30, when Women's Project & Production's mounting of Joan Vail Thorne's play begins previews at the WPP Theatre Four (424 W. 55th St.). John Tillinger will direct the piece, which will officially open April 7 and run through April 25.
Sternhagen, who has won two Tonys over her long career, will play Vada Love Powell, a matriarch from the Deep South whose small world is rocked when her son, Apple, breaks with her expectations for him. Among Sternhagen's most recent credits is the award-winning Lincoln Center Theatre revival of The Heiress starring Cherry Jones.
Joining her on stage will be Reed Birney, who varied career has included such productions, on Broadway and Off- and Off-Off-, as Gemini, The Common Pursuit, The Family of Mann and Seven Blowjobs. Also in the cast are Bethel Leslie, Marge Redmond and Tracy Thorne.
For information, call (212) 239-6200. --By Robert Simonson