Understudy Lauren Ann Brickman will take over the role of Marty in Lisa Lampanelli's new play Stuffed. Brickman, who stepped in two days prior to the first preview, has been performing in the show nightly since it began performances on October 5. She replaces Nikki Blonsky.
As previously announced, Blonsky exited the production due to, according to press materials, "an illness during a crucial stretch leading up to previews" that prevented her from getting "sufficient rehearsal time and, as a result, she and the show's creative team have mutually decided to part ways."
Directed by Jackson Gay and featuring additional material by Ashley Austin Morris, Lampanelli's work premiered in a WP Theater production in fall 2016. Lampanelli stars alongside Brickman, Marsha Stephanie Blake (Othello), and Eden Malyn (Bad Jews). The production has set design by Antje Ellerman, costume design by Jessica Ford, lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker, and sound design by Elisheba Ittoop.
The work is described as follows: "The four characters in Stuffed are a lifelong dieter, a bulimic, a confident overweight gal, and a permanent size zero. The play features Lampanelli's famously irreverent voice, signature wit, and an extra-large scoop of razor-sharp insight into the crazy-making world of our relationships with food. With Lisa onstage alongside a talented cast, Stuffed doesn't shy away from tough questions like, "Is eating an ice cream sandwich in the shower as emotionally fulfilling as it sounds? When it comes to jeans, what's better — muffin top or camel toe? And if Oprah, the most powerful person in the world, can't conquer her food issues, what can the rest of us do but laugh as we try?"
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