Stockard Channing shrugs off pain to hit the stage

November 27, 2011 • Entertainment

FILE – In this June 7, 2009, file photo, actress Stockard Channing arrives at the 63rd Annual Tony Awards in New York. Channing, the Tony Award-winning star of Broadway’s play “Other Desert Cities,” has had to leave the production after undergoing knee surgery. The play also features Stacy Keach, Judith [auth] Light and Rachel Griffiths in her Broadway debut. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — Stockard Channing has made a speedy — some might say miraculous — return to Broadway.

The 67-year-old Tony Award-winner performed in “Other Desert Cities” on Friday night and plans to continue in the show despite undergoing arthroscopic surgery on her right knee less than a week ago.

Channing felt her knee collapse backstage after the Nov. 18 show and missed seven performances. She plans to perform in Saturday night’s show and Sunday’s matinee. An understudy performed Saturday’s matinee and will do Wednesday’s matinee.

The Jon Robin Baitz play, about a dysfunctional family wrestling with a deep secret, opened Nov. 3.

In an interview Friday before her return, Channing said: “This is maybe stupid. I don’t know. But if it doesn’t blow up or get painful, I’m doing the right thing.”

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