On Jan. 29, 2007, Denise Van Outen and Christopher Biggins will star in a one-night-only benefit performance of Walsh-Smith's one-acts at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Justin Ross will direct the 7 PM performance, which will benefit the Actors' Fund Chemical Dependency Services program. The plays "delve into the lives of three very different women and their dependencies."
Playwright Walsh-Smith, author of Bonkers, penned Addictions after the suicide of her youngest brother Kevin, who was a long-time alcohol addict. According to press notes, it is Walsh-Smith's hope "that this play might help other suffering addicts." The New York production of Addictions benefited the Caron Treatment Centers.
Denise Van Outen has appeared on the London stage in Chicago and Tell Me On a Sunday. She began hosting the British TV morning show "The Big Breakfast" in 1997, and she will also host NBC's upcoming reality talent competition "You're the One That I Want."
Christopher Biggins appeared in the West End production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as well as the Great Performances presentation of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." His other screen credits include "Porridge," "Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?," "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and "Circus."
Ticket information and additional casting will be announced shortly.