When the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls hit Broadway, attention was focused on its name players: Nathan Lane, Faith Prince, Walter Bobbie and Peter Gallagher. Nominated for a leading actress Tony, but rarely in the spotlight, was Josie de Guzman, who played Sarah Brown.
De Guzman is back on the New York boards in a new absurdist comedy at Soho Rep, How To Write While You Sleep. She appears alongside Mary Schultz, playwright Jake-Ann Jones (Death of a Ho, (U)nder (F)rank (O)bservation, and BAT Theatre Company's Black Hole), Joanne Bayes, Cindy Kaplan, Tom Myler and former MTV veejay Kevin Seal.
The piece crosses the lives of a bestselling self-help author, who's written a book on "creative sleeping," and a college drop-out who can't get out of bed.
Sleep began previews May 3 (pushed up from May 1), opened May 5 and finishes its scheduled run May 24.
Author Madeleine Olnek penned The I'm Not Welcome Anywhere Christmas Special, The Jewish Nun and Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same and has worked extensively Off-Off Broadway. Sleep's director Lisa Portes, also helmed the musical Kudzu at the Ford Theatre in Washington DC. Designing How To Write While You Sleep are James Youmans (set), Michael Alan Stein (costumes), Tom Morse (sound) and Paul Bartlett (lighting).
For tickets ($12) and information on How To Write While You Sleep at Soho Rep, 46 Walker St., call (212) 334-0962.
-- By David Lefkowitz