Hazelle Goodman, the film and stage actress currently starring Off Broadway in New York Theatre Workshop's Up Against the Wind, plans to bring a new solo show to Broadway in 2002. Goodman told Playbill On-Line March 21 that she will present her next one-woman outing, titled "On Edge," on a Broadway stage before taping it for HBO. The show will bow sometime in 2002, Goodman said.
Goodman's first self-titled HBO special received nominations for two Cable Ace Awards, Best Comedy and Best Performer. Prior to Up Against the Wind, in which she plays the mother of rap star Tupac Shakur, Goodman acted in The Vagina Monologues Off-Broadway (2000) and Cymbeline (1998) in Central Park. Her film and television credits include Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry" and the current "Hannibal," as well as the drama series "Homicide," in which she played the recurring role of Georgia Rae Mahoney.
Up Against the Wind, a multi-faceted "ferocious portrait" of rap artist Tupac Shakur, began previews at New York Theatre Workshop March 16, for a run through April 14, with opening night set for April 2.
Rosemary K. Andress directs a cast that seeks to recreate many of the most successful and controversial music people in America. The play features Goodman (Afeni), Olubunmi Banjoko (the girl), Kevin Daniels (Suge), J.D. Jackson ((Biggie), Nashawn Kearse (Booker), Tracey A. Leigh (Lisa), Anthony Mackie (Tupac), David Brown, Jr. (Marl Anthony Bell), Jesse J. Perez (Jerome), Christopher Rivera (prison guard), Joseph Siravo (Jimmy Iovine), Tracie Thoms (Sekyiwa Shakur) and Isiah Whitlock, Jr., (Lt. Dan). The play was originated at Juilliard's School of Drama in 1999 and later developed at NYTW by Winn and Andress. Their first professional reading was done at the theatre's Just Add Water Festival in the spring of 2000.
Tickets are $45. The New York Theatre Workshop is located at 79 E. 4 Street between Bowery and Second Avenue. For tickets call the box office at (212) 460-5475 or Telecharge at (212) 239 6200.
—By Robert Simonson
and Murdoch McBride