The facts are not all in, but the juxtaposition of talents is already tantalizing. Playwright-performer Eve Ensler—who has made many a powerful contact through the many casts of her The Vagina Monologues—told Variety that she was "working on something" for Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda.
Fonda is an associate producer of Ensler's new Off-Broadway play Necessary Targets and has aided Ensler in her annual V-Day charity efforts. The playwright would not say what sort of venture the two women are working on, be it a new play for Fonda or a screenplay. Either way, it would represent a return to performing for the acting family scion, who has not appeared on screen in some years, let alone the stage.
Eve Ensler's latest work, Necessary Targets, which debuted at CT's Hartford Stage, follows in the footsteps of the now famous The Vagina Monologues and opens at a home Off-Broadway. Producers Harriet Leve and Willa Shalit have brought the Bosnia-based, socio-political drama to Off-Broadway's Variety Arts, where it started previews Feb. 14 and officially opened Feb. 28.
The Off-Broadway cast features Shirley Knight (as J.S.) and Catherine Kellner (Melissa), alongside Diane Venora (Zlata), Alyssa Bresnahan (Jelena), Sally Parrish (who took over for Rosemary Murphy in rehearsals) (Azra), and Maria Thayer (Nuna), all of whom appeared in the Hartford staging. New to the New York cast is Mirjana Jokovic, taking over for Marika Dominczyk as Seada. Hartford Stage artistic director Michael Wilson again directs. Designing the show, which is produced by Harriet Newman Leve, Willa Shalit and Bob Boyett, are Howell Binkley (lighting), Jeff Cowie (set), John Gromada (sound) and Susan Hilferty (costumes).
For tickets ($60) and information on Necessary Targets at the Variety Arts Theatre, 110 Third Ave., call (212) 239-6200.
—By Robert Simonson