Halley Feiffer and Daphne Rubin-Vega Join Cast of Starry Women Behind Bars Reading

By Adam Hetrick
and Andrew Gans
May 3, 2012

Halley Feiffer and Daphne Rubin-Vega are the latest actresses to join the New Group's one-night-only benefit reading of Tom Eyen's Women Behind Bars.



New Group artistic director Scott Elliott will stage the 7 PM benefit of Eyen's 1974 comedy on May 7. The performance will take place at the Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row.

The starry cast will include Charles Busch (The Matron), Halley Feiffer (Mary-Eleanor), Janeane Garofalo (Louise), Nancy Giles (Jo-Jo), Josh Hamilton (the men), Natasha Lyonne (Cheri), Cynthia Nixon (Blanche), Rosie O’Donnell (Gloria), Rhea Perlman (Granny, The Warden), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Guadalupe) and Jennifer Tilly (Ada).

"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 at The New York Theatre Ensemble and transferred to Off-Broadway’s The Astor Place Theatre, where it opened in May 1975.

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 at brandon@thenewgroup.org.

The Acorn is located at 410 West 42nd Street.