Photo Flash: First Look at Tina Benko in JACKIE
Previews began Sunday (February 24) for Tina Benko starring in Jackie, the North American premiere of the play by Nobel Prize winning Austrian Elfriede Jelinek, best known in the United States for her novel The Piano Teacher and the 2001 film based on it. Directed by Tea Alagic from the English translation by Gitta Honegger, Jackie opens Tuesday, March 5, at 7:30pm at Women's Project Theater's new home, New York City Center Stage II, 131 West 55th Street. Check out photos of Benko in action below!
Jackie, an intensely theatrical dissection of Jackie Kennedy Onassis and the myths surrounding her well-coiffed veneer, is a disturbing exploration of submission, power, and the hypocrisy of everyday life.
Tina Benko recently played the title role in Toni Morrison's play Desdemona directed by Peter Sellars at the Barbican Theatre in London. Other theatre credits include Katori Hall's Whaddaboodclot!! at Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Little Foxes and Restoration at New York Theatre Workshop, Marie and Bruce at The New Group, Age of Iron and The False Servant at Classic Stage Company, Ten High at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Rough Sketch at 59 East 59. TV and film includes Admission, The Contest, The Avengers, Lucky Days, Photo-Op, Royal Pains, Unforgettable, and three seasons on the Showtime series Brotherhood. In addition to guest star roles in a number of Law and Orders, she guest starred in an episode of Ugly Betty with its star America Ferrera, who heads the cast of Women Project's Theater's current premiere, Bethany.
Single tickets ($60+) can be purchased online at www.NYCityCenter.org, by calling CityTix at 212 581-1212, or at the New York City Center Box Office at 131 West 55th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues).
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg