Annette Bening to Return to Broadway in Spring 2008

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Annette Bening, who was last on Broadway in 1988 in Coastal Disturbances, is scheduled to return to the Great White Way in April 2008.
Annette Bening
Annette Bening

Bening, according to a press announcement, will star in Joanna Murray-Smith's The Female of the Species, which will begin previews at a theatre to be announced April 11 and officially open April 28. Recent Spring Awakening Tony winner Michael Mayer will direct the six-character play, which is being produced by David Richenthal and Mary Beth O'Connor. The play, according to press notes, will cast Bening as "Margot Mason, a feminist literary giant suffering an extreme case of writer's block as deadline after deadline comes and goes on her next book. When a young fan arrives unexpectedly at her country home, Margot's world slowly and comically begins to unravel as family and friends show up and debate the virtues of her best-sellers, her inconsistent world view, and her decidedly un-motherly touch."

Mayer and Bening, The New York Times reports, have been looking for a joint project for awhile. Mayer told the Times, "Over the years we've done this dance together of trying to find something to do. . . . When I read the play, I had her in my mind reading it. It's a beautiful part for her."

Mayer describes the character Bening will play as "a kind of monster, but amazingly articulate and witty and passionate and impetuous . . . . [and] sexy and glamorous and self-destructive and demanding and complicated and mercurial."

The play — by the author of Honour — will have an out-of-town tryout at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse Feb. 5-March 16, 2008.

On Broadway Annette Bening starred in Coastal Disturbances, earning a Theatre World Award and a Tony nomination for her performance. She was Oscar-nominated for her roles in "Being Julia," "American Beauty" and "The Grifters."

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