Carrie Fisher Performs Wishful Drinking Solo Show in L.A. Nov. 7
By Ernio Hernandez
07 Nov 2006
Carrie Fisher pens and performs her ´raucous non-stop theme-park ride through Hollywood,´ Wishful Drinking, which starts at Los Angeles´ Geffen Playhouse Nov. 7.
Fisher is directed by Joshua Ravetch for ´her first-ever, world-premiere, one-woman show.´ The new work officially opens Nov. 15 at the California company´s mainstage for a run currently slated to play through Dec. 24.
´Like her own life, with no intermission,´ reads show materials, ´Ms. Fisher finally comes clean about Star Relations, ´Star Wars´ and other Celestial Bodies´ in Wishful Drinking.
The show offers Fisher´s insights and experiences that she has accumulated in her life and career. Along the way, she´ll touch on her ´unusual childhood [as] the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, the rise to movie icon as Princess Leia, her marriage to Paul Simon, the release of her hit movie ´Postcards From the Edge´ starring Meryl Streep . . . [as well as] drug addiction, bipolar disorder, motherhood, having a child with a man who forgot to tell her he was gay, waking up next to a man who died not only in his sleep . . . but in mine, and her ultimate triumph over adversity.´
Among Fisher´s numerous credits include the films ´Shampoo,´ the first ´Star Wars´ trilogy, ´The Man With One Red Shoe,´ ´Hannah and Her Sisters,´ ´When Harry Met Sally,´ ´Austin Powers´ and the upcoming ´Fanboys,´ as well as hosting her own show ´Conversations From the Edge.´ She has also penned the novels ´Postcards From the Edge,´ ´Surrender the Pink,´ ´Delusions of Grandma´ and her latest, ´The Best Awful.´
Director Ravetch recently sold the adaptation of his stage play, Off Sides, which debuted with Christine Lahti and Robert Forster in a workshop reading at The Geffen Playhouse. He has also directed Love Acts, Deathtrap, The Big Knife, The Hasty Heart, The Seagull, Waiting for Lefty and A Prayer for My Daughter.
The Geffen currently plays home to the west coast debut of David Lindsay-Abaire´s Rabbit Hole ´” starring Amy Ryan, Tate Donovan and Joyce Van Patten ´” which opened the new season for the company. Also slated are Jeffrey Hatcher´s A Picasso (Dec. 5-Jan. 14, 2007), David Mamet´s Speed-The-Plow (Jan. 30-March 18, 2007), Neil LaBute´s Fat Pig (March 9-May 20, 2007), Tom Stoppard´s translation of GĂ©rald Sibleyras´ Heroes (April 10-May 27, 2007) and Heshey Felder´s George Gershwin Alone (June 5-July 22, 2007).
The Geffen Playhouse, located at 10886 Le Conte Avenue in Westwood, CA can be found online at http://www.geffenplayhouse.com.