While browsing the New York Times Artsbeat blog today, we were so happy to see that one of our favorite young actresses Alison Pill, just got a new gig. Why so excited? The New York-based actress is rarely without a job (in fact she's starring in this summer's comedy blockbuster Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,) but her most recent role, playing Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller's childhood teacher in Broadway's revival of The Miracle Worker, was cut short. The show closed yesterday after only one month. But no worries! She's stepping straight out of her corset and into an orange jumpsuit, to play Edie Falco's cell-mate in the new play This Wide Night, off-Broadway at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Performances are scheduled to start on May 8th, with an opening date set for May 16th. The show is produced by Naked Angels, the group behind Next Fall, a new play now on Broadway but that got it's start off-Broadway at this same time last year. Whether Wide Night transfers next year or not it will be something to look forward to this Spring after Broadway's 2009/2010 season wraps up at the end of this month.
Here's a photo of Alison at the opening night party for The Miracle Worker and a photo of Edie arriving to see the show on opening night. Maybe Edie suggested casting Alison in Wide Night after she saw her performance in The Miracle Worker? Strange coincidence!
Photos courtesy of Broadwayworld.com