Time to get to some real acting! No more multiple takes for Christina Ricci, instead it’s multiple shows starting now through January in her Broadway debut in Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still. This is her first time stepping onto the big stage, in fact any stage! Having it be a Broadway show leads to a few nerves, especially when taking over the role from fellow actress Alicia Silverstone. According to an interview with toledoblade.com Ricci was extremely nervous before the opening night…
“I always was really, really, really against doing anything in front of a live audience,” Christian Ricci says. “I’ve always had stage fright. I don’t like speaking in front of people. I don’t like to present at awards shows — that to me was always the scariest thing ever. So the idea of doing a play for years was just like, ‘Are you kidding?’”
Luckily she’s in good hands. Not only is she being directed by Tony Award-winner director, Daniel Sullivan, who has helmed such works as Proof, Morning’s at Seven, and Accent on Youth but a strong supporting cast including Laura Linney, Brian D’Arcy James, and Eric Bogosian. The director said that Ricci got the role just like everyone else, by auditioning and that’s when he was able to see her act in a whole new way.
“You can read her eyes from the back row of the balcony. She has those giant eyes that are extremely expressive,” he says. “Her face picks up stage light beautifully. She just sort of glows up there.”
But after opening night, her nerves were not only appeased but she may have found a new love…
“It’s an incredible experience. It’s totally different than anything I’ve ever done. It’s sort of fascinating the things that happen when you’re out there,” she says in an interview a few days before the show opened last night. “It’s kind of like being on a really long first date — with somebody you really like.”
Ricci is scheduled to hit the stage as “Mandy Bloom” eight times a week into January. Ricci has stated that she never saw Silverstone in the role and though the two are friendly have never talked about the role because “It could really make you make really stupid choices.” Sounds like Ricci’s got her character under control and all is well.
The play tells the story of a photojournalist (Linney) and her journalist lover (James) who are forced to re-evaluate their priorities after returning to New York following years covering carnage overseas and a near-death accident. The other characters are their editor (Bogosian) and his girlfriend, Mandy, a young events planner who comes off as horribly naive at first but grows in strength as the play goes on.
Now will she be able to keep it up and win her first Tony? We’ll have to wait and see!