Getting Out: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Marsha Norman Teams Up with Women in Prison Project for a Stellar Benefit Evening on June 9

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The Women in Prison Project is planning an exciting dramatic evening for Monday, June 9, when Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright Marsha Norman (‘night, Mother), will host a staged reading of her first play, Getting Out . Acclaimed actor/director Bob Balaban (The Exonerated, Gosford Park) will direct the performance. Ms. Norman and Whoopi Goldberg are honorary Co-Chairs of the event. Oscar winner Hilary Swank will star in the leading role of Arlene, a woman parolee returning home after serving eight years for homicide.

Getting Outvibrantly portrays both the hope and remorse of Arlene and the rebellion and pain of Arlie, the younger, destructive self Arlene has tried to put behind her. Voted the best new play produced by a regional theater by the American Theatre Critics Association, it appeared in a shortened version in The Best Plays of 1977-1978.

This event marks the first major reading or production of the play in New York since the 1970s. It will follow the June 3rd opening of Ms. Norman’s new play, Last Dance, at the Manhattan Theatre Club. The Project is securing a 400-seat venue for the Getting Out production and will publicize it widely in the entertainment press and other news outlets. HBO will sponsor a reception with Ms. Norman, Mr. Balaban, and the cast following the performance.

Getting Out promises not only to raise funds for the Project’s important work, but also to increase public awareness about women in prison and to establish and strengthen relationships with artists in the hope of ongoing collaboration.