Judith Light, who was one of Kathleen Chalfant's successors in Wit, will return to Off-Broadway in Second Stage's production of Athol Fugard's new drama, Sorrows and Rejoicing. The play begins previews Jan. 15 and opens Feb. 4.
She joins the already announced John Glover and Charlayne Woodard. Marcy Harriell completes the cast. Fugard 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.
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 love the same exiled poet.
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. 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 several theatre 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, is expected to reopen on Broadway at Circle in the Square in early 2002. No specific cast or dates have been announced.
The current cast includes Anjali Bhimani, Raymond Fox, Kyle Hall, Doug Hara, Felicity Jones, Chris Kipiniak, Louise Lamson, Erik Lochtefeld, Heidi Stillman, and Lisa Tejero.
—By Robert Simonson