Gen LeRoy's comedy/drama, Not Waving, will finish its scheduled run Off-Broadway at Primary Stages Sunday, March 23. The play, LeRoy's first, opened March 5 with Kyra Sedgwick in the lead role of Nicole, a young woman who battles back from mental instability with the help of her mother, played by Sloane Shelton. Nancy Jo Carpenter and Tim Michael comprise the remaining cast of the piece, which began previews Feb. 20.
Not Waving... will have played 12 previews and 20 regular performances.
A screenwriter and acclaimed children's novelist, Gen (pronounced "jen") LeRoy is married to designer Tony Walton, who created the set for Waving. Chris Smith directs.
Production spokesperon Kevin Rehac told Playbill On-Line, "the mother is an amazing character. One of the best scenes has her and Nicole sneaking into her ex-husband's apartment to steal her cat back -- only it's the wrong cat..." As for Nicole, "It's not so much that she's mentally ill or clinically schizophrenic; it's more the way the mother describes her: `Most people are born with Nicole's passion, but luckily for them, it's spread out over a lifetime.'"
Sedgwick is best known as a film actress (SinglesAh, Wilderness! (June 1988) and at Off-Broadway's WPA Theatre in Maids Of Honor (June 1990). (She is also married to actor Kevin Bacon in real life.) Sloane Shelton was in Dearly Departed at the Second Stage Theatre (Dec. 1991) and Dog Opera at the Public Theatre (May 1995).
For information about the season at Primary Stages on West 45th St., call (212)333-4052.
-- By David Lefkowitz