John Glover, a Tony winner for Love! Valour! Compassion!, Judith Light, one of Kathleen Chalfant's successors in Wit, and film and television actress Charlayne Woodard will return to Off-Broadway in Second Stage's production of Athol Fugard's new drama, Sorrows and Rejoicings. The play begins previews Jan. 15 and opens Feb. 4.
Marcy Harriell completes the cast. Fugard himself will direct.
Glover starred in the play when it ran at the McCarter Theatre in New Jersey earlier this year. His co-stars with Blair Brown and L. Scott Caldwell. Woodard will take the part played by Caldwell in Princeton. Light will have Brown's part.
After the Princeton run, Sorrows traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, said a spokesman for the McCarter. Fugard still directed, but a different cast was featured.
Fugard is the South African author of such noted plays as Master Harold...and the Boys, Mecca, Valley Song and Blood Knot. The new work takes place in the Karoo region, a semi-desert area of southern Africa. There two women, one white and one black, find that they both love the same exiled poet. Glover, who plays the poet, won his Tony for Terrence McNally's Love! Valor! Compassion!, in which he essayed a dual role. Most recently, he headlined Brian Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! Off Broadway.
Woodard has made her mark primarily in film, with credits like “Meteor Man,” “One Good Cop” and “Angie.” On television, she was a regular on “Chicago Hope.” She also starred in a television version of the musical Ain’t Misbehavin’.
Light is still best known for her starring role on the long-running sitcom, "Who's the Boss?," though she has of late taken on stage roles. In addition to Wit, she played Hedda Gabler at Washington, DC's Shakespeare Theatre this past summer.
Second Stage's hit production of Chicago wunderkind director Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of Ovid's myths, Metamorphoses, will reopen on Broadway at Circle in the Square on Feb. 21.
—By Robert Simonson