ad info




CNN.com
 MAIN PAGE
 WORLD
 ASIANOW
 U.S.
 LOCAL
 POLITICS
 WEATHER
 BUSINESS
 SPORTS
 TECHNOLOGY
 NATURE
 ENTERTAINMENT
   movies
   music
   tv
 BOOKS
 TRAVEL
 FOOD
 HEALTH
 STYLE
 IN-DEPTH

 custom news
 Headline News brief
 daily almanac
 CNN networks
 CNN programs
 on-air transcripts
 news quiz

  CNN WEB SITES:
CNN Websites
 TIME INC. SITES:
 MORE SERVICES:
 video on demand
 video archive
 audio on demand
 news email services
 free email accounts
 desktop headlines
 pointcast
 pagenet

 DISCUSSION:
 message boards
 chat
 feedback

 SITE GUIDES:
 help
 contents
 search

 FASTER ACCESS:
 europe
 japan

 WEB SERVICES:
TV

Off-Broadway, in Neil LaBute's 'Bash'

Flockhart 'stages' a comeback

June 29, 1999
Web posted at: 4:33 p.m. EDT (2033 GMT)

From Cynthia Tornquist
CNN Entertainment News Correspondent

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Before the television show "Ally McBeal" made a household name of Calista Flockhart, the actress was trying to making a name for herself on Broadway in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" and Anton Chekhov's "The Three Sisters."

Well, she's at it again. Flockhart is using her summer hiatus from the series to return to the New York off-Broadway stage.

"Being back in New York is reviving and exciting," she says, "so I think I'll be ready to go back to 'Ally.' Hopefully I won't be too tired."

Flockhart opened June 24 in "Bash," which comprises three one-act plays written by Neil LaBute. He's written and directed such controversial films as "The Company of Men" (1997) and "Your Friends and Neighbors" (1998). Both films are about human cruelty. The play is no different.

Living among us

In the first piece, a monologue called "Medea Redux," Flockhart plays a 13-year-old girl who's seduced by her junior high school teacher and becomes pregnant. As the "Medea" part of the title suggests, she kills the child.

In "Bash," Flockhart plays a teen-ager who has a relationship with her teacher

"Just the whole idea of what drives people to violence and if we know about it maybe we can prevent it," Flockhart says. "It's interesting. And these people live among us."

In the second monologue, Ron Eldard plays a salesman who hates the woman who works with him.

The final piece casts Paul Rudd and Flockhart as college sweethearts. During a trip to New York, Rudd's character beats a gay man in the Central Park.

"It's a pretty despicable character," Rudd says of the man he plays. "So to try to get the audience on your side before the actual brutality sets in was a bit of a challenge."

One of the challenges for Calista Flockhart and her co-stars is memorizing LaBute's script. Her show-opening monologue runs 35 minutes. She delivers it without missing a beat.

"She comes from the theater, so she has tons of experience," says Joe Mantello, the show's director. "She has intelligence and the audience has an immediate sympathy for her."

Flockhart's work onstage in "Bash" can be seen at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre on West 42nd Street in New York, through July 24.


RELATED STORIES:
Flockhart in her element: slap-happy with the Bard
May 13, 1999
Flockhart, 'Today' can't overcome weighty issue
April 30, 1999
TV's latest trend: Neurotic women?
October 28, 1998
'Ally McBeal' wins best comedy from grassroots group
August 6, 1998

RELATED SITE:
FOX
Note: Pages will open in a new browser window
External sites are not endorsed by CNN Interactive.


MORE TV NEWS:
Holiday specials help CBS win the week
'JAG' goes Hope for the holidays
Knievel's new challenge: color for UPN
'Special Victims Unit' puts a dark twist on 'Law & Order'
 LATEST HEADLINES:
SEARCH CNN.com
Enter keyword(s)   go    help

Back to the top   © 2001 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.