Cherry Jones told Playbill On-Line that she will star in the world premiere of Tina Howe's Pride's Crossing, scheduled for the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, Jan. 25 through March 2.
Jones won the 1995 Tony Award for The Heiress and was nominated for Our Country's Good. She appeared on Broadway in Night of the Iguana and replaced in the role of the Angel in Tony Kushner's Angels In America.
Jones will portray Mabel Bigelow, a feisty 91-year-old grandmother whose experiences growing up in a house full of brothers created a competitive edge that prompted her to break the world record by swimming the English Channel.
Old Globe artistic director Jack O'Brien, who directs the piece, called the play funny and wise, "an allegory of American women during the early 20th century, women who were not encouraged to succeed, who were not given, particularly by their families, the awareness that they could be great."
On Broadway, O'Brien has directed the acclaimed revival of Damn Yankees and Stephen Sondheim's thriller, Getting Away With Murder. Howe's other plays include Painting Churches (staged at the Old Globe), Birth And After Birth, Museum, The Art Of Dining and Coastal Disturbances.
Appearing with Jones in Crossing will be Monique Fowler, Jeffrey Hayenga, Marceline Hugot, Robert Knepper, Hilary Clarke and Nichole Danielle Givans (the last two alternating performances). Sets will be by Ralph Funicello, costumes by Robert Morgan, lighting by Michael Gilliam and sound by Jeff Ladman.
Pride's Crossing opens the season on the Old Globe Theatre stage, followed by Steven Dietz's adaptation of Dracula (March 15-April 20). The Old Globe Theatre season concludes with The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard.
The Cassius Carter Center Stage, as part of the Old Globe Season, opens in '97 with Eugene O'Neill's Nobel Prize-winning A Moon for the Misbegotten (Jan. 22-March 2), followed by Below the Belt by Richard Dresser (March 12-April 20). Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene, adapted by Giles Havergal, closes out the Cassius Carter Season (May 7-June 15).
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