The Girl Next Door
Could Extremities Bring Katie Holmes Back to Broadway?
The New York Times
By Patrick Healy
Katie Holmes is considering starring in a Broadway production of William Mastrosimones psychological drama Extremities, about a woman who turns the table on her would-be rapist and then struggles along with her two roommates about what to do with him. A spokeswoman for Ms. Holmes, a television and film actress and the wife of Tom Cruise, confirmed that she had been approached about the role; the spokeswoman had no further information. Ms. Holmes made her Broadway debut in 2008 in a revival of All My Sons.
One of the theater producers eyeing the Broadway run, Debbie Bisno, said on Tuesday that the producers were looking to mount the play on Broadway this season or during the 2011-12 season, with Kenny Leon (Fences) attached to direct. She said that she and Ray Gaspard would be the lead producers. She declined to comment on casting, noting that plans are still coming together and no official announcement was ready.
The producers discussed the role of the would-be rapist with Matt Dillon, but he had a conflict with another project, a spokeswoman for Mr. Dillon said on Tuesday. One Broadway executive familiar with the plans said that the actress Chloe Sevigny was also under consideration for the production; Ms. Sevignys representatives did not return phone calls on Monday or Tuesday.
Extremities had its Off Broadway premiere in 1982 at the Westside Theater with Susan Sarandon in the lead role, co-starring Ellen Barkin, Deborah Hedwall, and James Russo. Karen Allen and Farrah Fawcett later succeeded Ms. Sarandon, and Ms. Fawcett also played the part in a 1986 film version. The play was widely regarded as establishing Ms. Fawcett as a serious actress. Extremities has never been done on Broadway.