The company announced Aug. 23 that the actress who was to play Cleopatra in the production had to withdraw "due to conflicts with her winter schedule." No replacement for the role has yet been named. "Christine would have been unique as Cleopatra," stated TFANA artistic director Jeffrey Horowitz. "Darko Tresnjak, the production's director, and I had looked forward to a thrilling collaboration with her. We hope we can work together on a future project. Theatre for a New Audience's production of Antony and Cleopatra... will go forward as planned. Mr. Tresnjak had staged the play successfully at the Old Globe's Shakespeare Festival. We are confident we will be able to announce soon a stellar cast."
A Tony Award winner for her work in Rumors and The Real Thing, Baranski was recently seen on Off-Broadway in Regrets Only. The actress known for her "Cybill," and in the films "Chicago" and "The Birdcage" has also performed on stage in A Midsummer Night's Dream, The House of Blue Leaves and Lips Together, Teeth Apart as well as the Encores! production of Promises, Promises and Kennedy Center productions of Mame and Sweeney Todd.
The production of Antony and Cleopatra is part of the 2007-08 lineup for the company's 29th season which is billed under the title "Africa, Europe, America: Exploring the Connections" to be performed at The Duke on 42nd Street.
Adrienne Kennedy's Ohio State Murders with LisaGay Hamilton will kick off the season (Oct. 27-Nov. 18) and be followed by Biyi Bandele's adaptation of Oroonoko (Feb. 2-March 9, 2008) and William Shakespeare'sAntony and Cleopatra (March 22-May 2, 2008).
Subscriptions are available for purchase by calling (212) 229-2819, ext. 10. Single tickets are also on sale through (646) 223-3010. The Duke is located at 229 West 42nd Street. For more information visit tfana.org.