Kathleen Chalfant, who won an OBIE, a Lortel Award, a Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her role in Margaret Edson's Pulitzer winning drama, Wit, will give her last performance in that play on Aug. 8. Chalfant will next be seen on the New York stage in True History and Real Adventures, directed by Michael Mayer, playing at the Vineyard Theatre beginning Nov. 17.
Filling her enormous shoes, beginning Aug. 10, will be Judith Light, best known for her eight years on ABC-TV's "Who's The Boss." Her stage credits include playing the maid in a 1975 Broadway mounting of Ibsen's A Doll's House (opposite Liv Ullman and Sam Waterston), as well as the Broadway play Herzl.
After her first legit gig -- Adelaide in a USO tour of Guys and Dolls -- Light spent full seasons at Milwaukee Rep, Seattle Rep and the California Shakespeare Festival.
A new supporting cast also enters Edson's drama Aug. 10. William Cain, Sally Parrish and Grant Show will play Dr. Harvey Kilekian, Dr. E.M. Ashford and Dr. Jason Posner, respectively. Original cast member Paula Pizzi remains as nurse Susie Monahan.
Wit, playing at the Union Square Theatre, tells of a strict college poetry professor brought low -- to humility and humanity -- by her bout with ovarian cancer. A national tour of the show is planned for January September 2000, but no casting has been announced.
For tickets and information on Wit, directed by Derek Jones, call (212) 307-4100.