Julia Stiles Invited to Star in Broadway's Oleanna

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Julia Stiles — of the "Bourne" movies and Off-Broadway's Fran's Bed — is heading to Broadway in David Mamet's Oleanna, the actress told columnist Cindy Adams.
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Stiles is no stranger to Mamet, having appeared in the films "State and Main" and "Edmond," for which he wrote the screenplays. Her 2004 London turn as a college student who challenges a university professor (played in London by Aaron Eckhart) in Oleanna earned her good reviews.

No official Broadway announcement has been made by producer Jeffrey Finn, who brought On Golden Pond (with James Earl Jones) to Broadway, and who revived The Subject Was Roses at The Kennedy Center.

Stiles, who starred in the action film franchise that included "The Bourne Ultimatum," "The Bourne Identity" and "The Bourne Supremacy," told Adams, "I'm coming to Broadway. I'm so excited. …I did shows Off-Broadway. I did plays at La Mama…"

She called Oleanna "the one project I most want to do."

The controversial, argument-inducing Oleanna ran 513 performances Off-Broadway 1992-93. William H. Macy starred as John, and Rebecca Pidgeon was Carol. The 1994 film starred Macy and Debra Eisenstadt. In the two-character play, Carol is failing a college course taught by her professor John. Her conversation with him leads to a sexual harassment suit that threatens to shatter his world.

A Broadway revival of Mamet's Speed-the-Plow opens this fall, as does a Broadway revival of his American Buffalo. If Oleanna happens in early 2009, it's conceivable that three Mamet plays could be nominated as Best Revival of a Play in the 2009 Tony Awards (Oleanna would be making its Broadway bow, but since it's a known property around the world, it would be placed in the revival category).

Stiles was also Viola in Twelfth Night for New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park in 2002. Her film credits also include "Mona Lisa Smile" and "10 Things I Hate About You."

Producer Finn's plate would seem to be full for 2008-09; he's also producing a Broadway-aimed stage version of the film "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?," which, according to published reports, will star Debra Winger ("Terms of Endearment, "An Officer and a Gentleman," "Urban Cowboy").

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