The piece is based on the life of writer Djuna Barnes, and written by Alexander, Noreen Tomassi and Birgitta Trommler. Trommler will direct. Barnes was a leading literary figure in New York's Bohemia scene during the '20s and '30s. Beginning as a journalist profiling the famous figures of her day, she graduated to writing poems, plays and novels. She is best known for her novel, "Nightwood." In later years, Barnes became a near recluse, rarely coming out of her Greenwich Village home and refusing all interviews. Born in 1892, she lived until 1982, long after most of her contemporaries had died. She has since become a cult literary figure, proving particularly popular in counterculture circles.
Alexander is the Tony-winning actress who has appeared in The Great White Hope, Find Your Way Home, First Monday in October, The Visit, The Sisters Rosensweig and Honour. More recent appearances include Ghosts at Shakespeare Theatre and Rose and Walsh at the Geffen Playhouse. Her career has also included parts in such films as "All the President's Men" and "Kramer Vs. Kramer," and a famous stint as the director of the National Endowment for the Arts.