Why would a movie star such as Anne Hathaway commit to an Off Broadway production of a play no one’s heard of — a 70-minute monologue — concerning a fighter pilot reassigned as a remote-control drone handler due to her pregnancy?
Probably because deep down inside she’s a real actor. And the director is Julie Taymor. And Hathaway is a board member at The Public Theater where the play is scheduled to be produced from April 7-May 17 this Spring
Hathaway is a Jersey Girl from Millburn who earned a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star nomination for Best Performance by a High School Actress for her performance as Winnifred in “Once Upon a Mattress.” (I wonder what the winner is doing these days?) She also was cast in Paper Mills’ “Jane Eyre” and “Gigi.”
Hathaway previously performed in the Public’s 2009 staging of “Twelfth Night” as part of the Shakespeare in the Park program.
Taymor directed the brilliant production of “The Lion King” and the troubled staging of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” that ended in litigation.