Janeane Garofalo is always looking for a challenge. So we’re not at all surprised to hear the respected comedian has signed on to play an immigrant in the off-Broadway production of Russian Transport, a drama which centers around a family from Russia who moves to Brooklyn and their struggles to adapt to life in America.
Garofalo will play a married woman — who speaks Russian, by the way — and mother to two children. “I could probably fake my way through using broken English with a Russian accent,” Garofalo told the New York Times. “It’s an exciting challenge, but at the same time I am terrified about seeming like the biggest fraud in the world.”
The show opens Jan. 17 at the Acorn Theater. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Dec. 5.
This will not be Garofalo’s first time onstage in a dramatic setting. Last year, she was part of the all-female, rotating cast for the off-Broadway production of Love, Loss and What I Wore. The comedian acted alongside the likes of Fran Drescher, Carol Kane and Caroline Rhea.