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

By Andrew Gans
March 28, 2012

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