Channing is best known for playing Rizzo in the 1978 film version of Grease. Her other screen credits include West Wing, The Business of Strangers, and Jack. She also received nominations and awards for her roles in these shows and movies. As for her stage performances, Channing received nominations for seven Tony Awards. She even won the award for Best Actress in a Play for the Broadway revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg in 1985. Her other Broadway works include Other Desert Cities, the musical Pal Joey, and It’s Only a Play.
Apologia follows the story of Kristin Miller, “a firebrand liberal matriarch and eminent art historian. In her cottage, deep in the English countryside, a birthday gathering should be a time of celebration; but the recent publication of her memoir revealed cracks in her family relationships. As the evening progresses, Kristin’s family and friends, and ultimately Kristin herself, begin to question her achievements and choices and if they were indeed worth the sacrifice.”
The play originally ran at the Bush Theatre in 2009. It is also Campbell’s second play following the Olivier Award-winning The Pride, which also played at Trafalgar Studios.
Aside from Apologia and The Pride, Alexi Kate Campbell also wrote Sunset at the Villa Thalia, which ran at the National Theatre, and The Faith Machine at the Royal Court.
Meanwhile, director Jamie Lloyd is back at Trafalgar Studios after recent productions of The Maids, The Ruling Class, and Macbeth.
The rest of the cast and creative team for Apologia will be announced at a later date.