Why Glenn Close Took a 17-Minute Onstage Break in Off-Broadway’s Mother of the Maid

Off-Broadway News   Why Glenn Close Took a 17-Minute Onstage Break in Off-Broadway’s Mother of the Maid
 
The star of the new take on Joan of Arc tells Jimmy Fallon about the mishap that led to her chatting with the audience.

Glenn Close told late night host Jimmy Fallon she loves working at the Public Theater downtown, as she currently stars Off-Broadway in Jane Anderson’s Mother of the Maid through December 23. “I love the Public; it has a great culture,” she said. “It's very young. It's very energetic a lot of diversity a lot of new talent.”

Close even enjoyed a bit of a first during her time there.

“It was at a matinee, and I started this monologue, and I heard this [vibrating and knocking]. And it was coming upstairs,” she said. “This is all while you're saying your lines. ... I finally stopped and said, Is this as distracting to you as it is to me?' And the audience went ‘YES!'’

She continued, “But then it ended up being really great. For about 17 minutes, I thought, ‘Let me pretend to be Jimmy Fallon.’ I said, ‘Where to do you all come from?’ There was some lady from Tasmania, and they asked me questions and Grace Van Patten, who plays Joan of Arc in our play, was sitting on this little stool and she looked up at me and said, ‘This is really weird.’ There we were in our 15th century peasant costumes and then you have to snap back into the play.”

Mother of the Maid marks the second work of Anderson’s Close has starred in this year. The actor wowed critics and audiences with her performance in The Wife, for which Anderson wrote the screenplay. Close discussed her Independent Spirit Award nomination and what she’s most looking forward to in the video above.

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