Jane Alexander will be the latest honoree of the League of Professional Theater Women/NY, when they profile the former NEA Chairman for their "Oral History Program" at NY's Signature Theatre (555 West 42nd Street) on May 19.
For the afternoon event (3-5 PM), Alexander will be interviewed by theater critic, journalist and author Margaret Croyden. The event will be video taped by the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts Theater on Film & Tape Archive. Past women profiled by the League include Jean Dalrymple, Zelda Fichandler, Uta Hagen, Rosetta LeNoire and Judith Malina.
Alexander has received seven Tony nominations, four Academy Award nominations, five Emmy nominations ("Playing For Time"), and made her return to the stage last season, in the Gerald Gutierrez-helmed flop, Honor. Alexander was playing the lead on Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosensweig in 1993, when she was tapped by President Clinton to head the National Endowment for the Arts, which she did for four years until late 1997. Other stage credits include: The Visit and 6 Rms Riv Vu.
The League of Professional Theater Women/NY is a not-for-profit advocacy organization promoting visibility and increasing opportunity for women in the professional theater. Now entering its 18th year, the League provides a number of programs and services for its members as well as the theater community.
For reservations for the free event, call (212) 501-6667. -- By Sean McGrath