Charles Busch, Janeane Garofalo, Josh Hamilton, Cynthia Nixon, Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie Perez Set for Women Behind Bars Benefit

By Andrew Gans
28 Mar 2012

Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon

The New Group will present a one-night-only benefit reading of Tom Eyen's Women Behind Bars May 7.

Directed by Scott Elliott, the cast will feature Charles Busch (The Matron), Janeane Garofalo (Louise), Nancy Giles (Jo-Jo), Josh Hamilton (the men), Natasha Lyonne (Cheri), Cynthia Nixon (Blanche), Rosie O’Donnell (Gloria), Rosie Perez (Guadalupe), Rhea Perlman (Granny, The Warden), Chloë Sevigny (Mary-Eleanor) and Jennifer Tilly (Ada). Show time is 7 PM.

"It’s New Year’s Eve 1952 in The Women’s House of Detention in Greenwich Village," according to press notes. "When the innocent and lovely Mary-Eleanor is framed by her husband and put away, her arrival in the house of detention sparks rivalries that build to increasingly dangerous -- not to say unspeakable and hilarious -- conflicts among her fellow prisoners and the sadistic Matron."

A send-up of the classic genre of 1950s movies set in women's prisons, Women Behind Bars premiered in New York in 1974 (The New York Theatre Ensemble) and transferred to Off-Broadway’s The Astor Place Theatre, where it opened in May 1975.



The New Group @ Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre) is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues. Tickets are priced $350 (premium seating & exclusive reception with cast immediately following performance) or $175 (general reserved seating). For tickets and more information contact Brandon Suisse brandon@thenewgroup.org.