Breaking: Andrea Martin Departs GARY After Injury in Rehearsals; Kristine Nielsen Takes Over and Julie White Joins Cast
Producer Scott Rudin announced this morning that Andrea Martin will depart the company of Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, due to an injury she sustained, having broken four ribs in an accident during rehearsals.
Cast member and Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen will assume Ms. Martin's role of 'Janice'. Tony Award winner Julie White will join the company in the role of 'Carol', which was intended to be played by Ms. Nielsen.
Starring three-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane and directed by five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, Gary will now begin preview performances on matinee Saturday, March 9, with an opening night still set for Thursday, April 11 at the Booth Theatre.
Mr. Rudin, in a statement, said, "There is no greater company member than Andrea Martin, and we are heartsick to see her depart the production. We wish her the speediest recovery possible. We are very grateful to both Ms. Nielsen and Ms. White for stepping up and stepping in so swiftly."
Ms. Martin said, "I am heartbroken to have to leave the production and have tried to convince the doctor that my funny bone is stronger than my broken ribs. But regretfully I must follow the doctor's orders. I love everyone involved in this beautiful play and will miss them profoundly. I will be cheering them on from the audience at the Booth Theatre."
George C. Wolfe added, "Andrea is a gifted artist who has already made an indelible mark on this wonderful play which we can't wait to share with the world."
Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus is set just after the blood-soaked conclusion of William Shakespeare's first tragedy, Titus Andronicus.
In Mac's extraordinary new play, set during the fall of the Roman Empire, the years of bloody battles are over. The civil war has ended. The country has been stolen by madmen, and there are casualties everywhere (among them a midwife on the verge of death - White). And two very lowly servants - Lane and Nielsen - are charged with cleaning up the bodies. The year is 400 - but it feels like the end of the world.
Kristine Nielsen (Janice). Broadway credits include Present Laughter; You Can't Take It With You; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award); Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson; Spring Awakening; The Green Bird; Jackie; and The Iceman Cometh. Off-Broadway credits include Taylor Mac's Hir; Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them; How I Spent Last Summer; Omnium Gatherum; Our Leading Lady; Betty's Summer Vacation (Obie Award); Dog Opera (Obie). Regional work at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Guthrie Theater, McCarter Theatre, The Old Globe, Long Wharf Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, and most recently, "Dolly Levi" in The Matchmaker at The Goodman Theatre. Television: "Happyish," "Elementary," "Political Animals," NBC's "Sound of Music Live!," Amazon's "Z: The Beginning of Everything." Film: Theresa Rebeck's Trouble, Morning Glory, The Savages, Small Time Crooks. Graduate of Northwestern University and the Yale School of Drama.
Julie White (Carol) won the Tony Award for her starring role in the The Little Dog Laughed. For that same performance, she also won an Obie Award and a L.A. Ovation Award, and she was nominated for the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and the Lucille Lortel Awards. Other Broadway appearances include A Doll's House, Part 2; the revival of A.R. Gurney's Sylvia, Airline Highway (Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League nominations); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; and The Heidi Chronicles. Off-Broadway credits include The Understudy, From Up Here (Drama Desk and Drama League nominations), Fiction,Twelfth Night, and Bad Dates for Playwrights Horizons. Her film work includes Lincoln; Transformers 1, 2, & 3; Michael Clayton; The Astronaut Farmer; and the animated film Monsters vs Aliens. On television, she has had roles on "Nurse Jackie," "Alpha House," "Go On" (Gracie Award), "The Good Wife," "Man Seeking Woman," "You're The Worst," "Cavemen," "Six Feet Under," "Grace Under Fire," and "Law and Order: SVU."
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