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Andrea Martin Departs Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus Because of Injury

Cast member Kristine Nielsen will step into the role intended to be played by Martin.

Andrea Martin has departed the Broadway production of Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus after sustaining an injury during rehearsal.
(© David Gordon)

Producer Scott Rudin announced this morning that Andrea Martin will depart the company of Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, because of an injury she sustained, having broken four ribs in an accident during rehearsals. Tony nominee Kristine Nielsen, who was previously set to perform the role of Carol in the production, will now assume Martin's role of Janice, with Tony winner Julie White joining the company to take over the role of Carol.

Starring three-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane and directed by five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, Gary will now begin preview performances on Saturday, March 9 (as opposed to the originally scheduled March 5), with an opening night still set for Thursday, April 11, at the Booth Theatre.

Martin offered the following statement: "I am heartbroken to have to leave the production and have tried to convince the doctor that my funny bone is stronger than my broken ribs. But regretfully I must follow the doctor's orders. I love everyone involved in this beautiful play and will miss them profoundly. I will be cheering them on from the audience at the Booth Theatre."

Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus is set just after the blood-soaked conclusion of William Shakespeare's first tragedy, Titus Andronicus. The civil war has ended. The country has been stolen by madmen, and there are casualties everywhere (among them a midwife on the verge of death — White). And two very lowly servants — Lane and Nielsen — are charged with cleaning up the bodies. The year is 400 — but it feels like the end of the world.