Swank Performs in ‘The Miracle Worker’
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Hilary Swank would like to see the Edward Hopper exhibit at the Mint Museum of Art while she’s in Charlotte performing in Broadway-bound revival of ``The Miracle Worker.″
But with 18 grueling performances in 17 days, she doesn’t have the time or energy for sightseeing or walking with her 9-year-old mutt, Lucky. The shaggy black dog is the only one of her and husband Chad Lowe’s menagerie to accompany her to Charlotte. One rehearsal last week, for example, began at 11 a.m. and finished at 11 p.m.
``I’m aging on this job,″ she said one morning before rehearsal.
The 28-year-old former champion swimmer and gymnast, who won the Oscar for best actress in 2000 for ``Boys Don’t Cry,″ is only half kidding. ``I feel like I’m stretching my mind and my body every day. My body’s sore. My brain’s sore. It couldn’t be more intense.
``It’s good to have a background in sports for this play. I get pinched, slapped, my hair pulled, stuck with a pin. Did I mention slapped? Bruised? Yes, extensively. I get tired to my bones.″
Swank plays Helen Keller’s teacher, Annie Sullivan, in the play, which is at the Booth Playhouse in Charlotte through March 30. New York previews of the ``Miracle Worker″ revival begin April 8 at the Music Box Theatre; the Broadway opening is April 24.