The star's withdrawal was chalked up to "a project scheduling conflict." A replacement actor will be announced soon. The world premiere will play the East Village's P.S. 122.
Woodbury is the actress/author known for the loopy, multi-part, novelistic work Whatever, in which she played all of the many dozen characters. Whatever was developed over many years and played many stages, including P.S. 122.
Tale of 2Cities is described as "a two-part, time-traversing saga that delves into the Brooklyn Dodgers' relocation to Los Angeles in 1957 and the lasting effects of that move on three generations of characters from both cities."
Woodbury won't be going it alone this time around. She's joined by Winsome Brown, Michael Escamilla, Tracey Leigh, Diane Rodriguez and Ed Vassallo.
The play, which was jointly commissioned by Performance Space 122 and UCLA Live, will be presented as two full-length parts, Part I: "Grifters, Drifters and Dodgers" and Part II: "Mega Mixicana Waltz." The schedule permits back-to-back viewing on Saturdays and Sundays, or consecutive viewing Tuesday through Friday evenings.