On October 16–18, Playbill presents A Wendy Weekend: Three Nights, Three Plays, All Wendy honoring what would have been Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Wendy Wasserstein’s 70th birthday on October 18.
The weekend of readings in repertory, directed by Stan Zimmerman (Gilmore Girls, The Golden Girls) and produced by Pop-Up Playhouse and Stefani Von Huben, will include Uncommon Women and Others on Friday, October 16 at 8 PM ET, Isn’t It Romantic on Saturday, October 17 at 8 PM ET and, Wasserstein’s most famous work, The Heidi Chronicles, on Sunday, October 18 at 7 PM ET.
Each play will become available to view at the listed time and will remain available for viewing until the next play becomes available. Sunday’s event will also include a post-show talkback and will be available for viewing until Monday, October 19 at 7 PM ET.
A Wendy Weekend will stream on Playbill.com/Wendy. Tickets are on sale now and begin at $15 for one play with the option to bundle all three for $35. Proceeds from the weekend will support TDF’s Wendy Wasserstein Project.
“By presenting three of Wasserstein’s classic comedies in rep, I wanted to tell the history of the Women’s Movement while also celebrating Wendy’s wonderful words,” said director Zimmerman. “Her writing was extremely instrumental in influencing me. If I hadn’t seen her original productions in New York as a young NYU drama student, I don’t think I would’ve had a TV career in writing for so many 'Girls'—Golden to Gilmore. Also, with most live theatres still closed due to COVID-19, I wanted to provide a creative outlet for our diverse group of over 30 artists."
All three plays center on women’s stories—a rarity at the time—as they grapple to find their identities, balance careers, navigate friendships, find their place in the feminist movement, and more. Uncommon Women and Others was Wasserstein’s debut work and premiered Off-Broadway in 1977, starring Glenn Close and Swoosie Kurtz; Isn’t It Romantic debuted in 1983; and The Heidi Chronicles won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1989 and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; it was last revived on Broadway in 2015, starring Elisabeth Moss as Heidi.
The cast of Uncommon Women and Others includes Brittannie Bohman (Left Behind) as Carter, Andrea Bowen (Desperate Housewives) as Kate, Ian Buchanan (The Bold and The Beautiful) as Man, Madeline Grey DeFreece (Tahara) as Leilah, Lucy DeVito (Hot Mess) as Holly, Chelsea Gonzalez (The Mindy Project) as Samantha, Kalinda Gray (Avenue Q) as Women, Lizzie Kramer as Girl’s Voice, Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth) as Muffet, Melody Peng (The Mindy Project) as Susie, Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers) as Mrs. Plumm and Natalie Whittle (Meet & Greet) as Rita. Lauren Schaffel (Wait Until Dark) will read the stage directions.
Isn’t It Romantic will feature Amanda Bearse (Married... with Children) as Lillian, Andrea Bowen as Harriet, Lucy DeVito as Janie, Ryan J. Duncan as Hart Farrell, Peggy Etra as Operator, Chris Farah as Cynthia Peterson, Andrew Fromer as Captain Milty, Danny Lee Gomez as Paul, Wendy Hammers (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Tajlei Kaplan Singleberry, Lizzie Kramer as Child, Jenny Lerner (The Mindy Project) as Julie Stern, Ken Lerner (The Goldbergs) as Simon, Michael Matts (The Red Letter Plays) as Announcer, Jon Sprik (At the Table) as Vlad, Mindy Sterling as Tasha and Raviv Ullman (Usual Girls) as Marty. Mindy Cohn (The Facts of Life) will read the stage directions.
Finally, The Heidi Chronicles stars Amanda Bearse as April, Taylor Bracken (Bachelorette) as TV Attendant/Voice, Brittannie Bohman as Becky, Andrea Bowen as Susan, Madeline Grey DeFreece as Molly, Lucy DeVito as Heidi, Ryan J. Duncan as Chris Boxer, Chris Farah as Debbie, Danny Lee Gomez as Peter, Allie Gonino as Lisa, Wendy Hammers as Sandra Zuckerhall, Jenny Lerner as Waitress, Vanessa Marano as Betsy, Michael Matts as Ray, Melody Peng as Denise, Jon Sprik as Mark, Mindy Sterling as Jill, Raviv Ullman as Scoop, Natalie Whittle as Fran and Stan Zimmerman as Master of Ceremonies/Voice at Dance. Mindy Cohn will read the stage directions.
These digital readings at Playbill.com/Wendy are presented with permission from the Dramatist Play Service.
Take a look at the 2015 Broadway revival of The Heidi Chronicles: