The Geffen Playhouse today announced the full cast for the first play in its 2017 / 2018 season, Halley Feiffer’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City. Directed by Trip Cullman (Broadway’s Six Degrees of Separation, Significant Other; Geffen’s Barcelona, Choir Boy), this West Coast Premiere features Feiffer as Karla, Jason Butler Harner as Don, Eileen T’Kaye as Geena and JoBeth Williams as Marcie. The production marks Feiffer’s first appearance in one of her own plays.
Previews for A Funny Thing Happened… begin Tuesday, September 5 in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, with opening night on Wednesday, September 13. The production closes Sunday, October 8.
Sitting bedside at Memorial Sloan Kettering has never been so entertaining. While their ailing mothers share a hospital room, Karla and Don discover truth in the old cliché that opposites attract…and repel…and attract.
The Geffen’s production of A Funny Thing Happened… is the fifth collaboration for Feiffer and Cullman. Previously, Cullman directed this summer’s world premiere of Feiffer’s Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow at Williamstown Theatre Festival; the world premiere of MCC Theater’s production of A Funny Thing Happened… at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in 2016, in which 2 Broke Girls actor and Geffen board member Beth Behrs starred; and Feiffer’s first play, I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard, at the Atlantic Theater Company in 2015. He also directed her as an actor in the 2014 Off-Broadway revival of Jon Robin Baitz’sSubstance of Fire at Second Stage Theater.