Original cast member Natalia Payne, who portrays the central role of Nadia, broke her foot during the Oct. 14 performance in the physically demanding production. Following the cancellation of the Oct. 16 and 17 performances, Aliens resumed performances Oct. 18 with Young as Nadia.
"Marnye Young is the new 'alien' with extraordinary skills," said Women's Project producing director Julie Crosby in a statement. "She is familiar with Ms. Stanescu's work, having been featured in her Waxing West at La MaMa last year and having participated in readings of Aliens with Extraordinary Skills during its two-year long development at Women's Project."
Tea Alagic directs Aliens with Extraordinary Skills, which continues through Oct. 26 at the Off-Broadway venue. Performances began Sept. 22.
The cast of Aliens also features Shirine Babb (Omnium Gatherum), Seth Fisher (Rock 'n' Roll), Gian-Murray Gianino (Paradise Park), Kevin Isola (Brooklyn Boy) and Jessica Pimentel (Anna in the Tropics).
Aliens with Extraordinary Skills, according to press notes, centers on "a clown from the unhappiest country in the world, Moldova, who pins her hopes on a U.S. work visa by creating balloon animals. Chased by Homeland Security, a deportation letter deflates her enthusiasm, and a pair of spike heels might be all it takes to burst her American Dream." Designing the production are by Kris Stone (set design), Jennifer Moeller (costume design), Gina Scherr (lighting design) and Sarah Pickett (sound design and original music).
For tickets phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge.com.
For further information on the Women's Project, located at 424 West 55th Street in Manhattan, visit WomensProject.org.