Stockard Channing Returns To Stage Performances Just One Week After Surgery

Stockard Channing underwent arthroscopic surgery on her right knee last week and on Friday she returned to the Booth Theater stage to perform her role as Polly Wyeth in the Jon Ronbin Baitz play Other Desert Cities.

Channing, 67, missed seven performaces after she injured her knee backstage on Nov. 18.

While Channing will return for her role during one performance on Wednesday her understudy Lauren Klein will kick off the day by taking over the role for the matinee performance.

Also starring in the play about a dysfunctional family are actresses Rachel Griffiths, Stacy Keach and Judith Light.

Speaking about her injury Channing said of her return:

“Obviously, I’m not out here playing football. I’m just out here walking around in high heels. So blame it on the Manolos.”

She goes on to say of her injury:

“This is maybe stupid. I don’t know. But if it doesn’t blow up or get painful, I’m doing the right thing,” and “I think I will be OK. I hope it will be OK.”

Only time will tell how well her knee has healed, in the meantime ticket buyers will have the chance to see the star in her role, a likely part of the reason they purchased tickets in the first place.

Other Desert Cities became a huge success when it debuted at the Lincoln Center Theater this past fall, since that time it has won the Outer Critics Circle Award for outstanding off-Broadway play and it has also been nominated for multiple Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards.

Have you seen Other Desert Cities or do you plan to in the future?