HBO Will Expand Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking for Documentary

News   HBO Will Expand Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking for Documentary
 
Carrie Fisher's Broadway and touring biographical comedy Wishful Drinking is being reimagined for television as a feature-length documentary by HBO and World of Wonder Productions.

Wishful Drinking star Carrie Fisher
Wishful Drinking star Carrie Fisher Photo by Joan Marcus

The special will combine elements of her one-woman stage performance — to be taped June 25 before a live audience at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange, NJ — with archival footage and interviews with friends and family, according to HBO.

The solo comedy tells of the actress-writer's life growing up as the daughter of Hollywood's Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, and her struggle with substance abuse and mental illness over the years. Fisher is a screenwriter and best-selling author ("Postcards from the Edge," "Wishful Drinking"). She became an international star when she played Princess Leia in the film "Stars Wars" and its two sequels.

The comedy "reveals her darkest hours and the not-so-glittering side of growing up with Hollywood royalty."

The stage presentation was produced on Broadway by Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Jonathan Reinis, Jamie Cesa, Eva Price and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Wishful Drinking will play the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) June 25 at 8 PM and June 26 at 2 PM and 8 PM. Tickets are $85, $65; call (973) 313-ARTS (2787) or visit www.SOPACnow.org.

An HBO Documentary Films presentation, Wishful Drinking is produced and directed by World of Wonder's Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, whose previous HBO and Cinemax credits include "Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal," "Monica in Black and White" and "The Eyes of Tammy Faye." The project's senior producer is Lisa Heller; the executive producer is Sheila Nevins.

Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher
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