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Sorvino, Benzali will top classic’s ‘Naked’ prod’n

Oscar-winning thesp to make N.Y. stage debut

Mira Sorvino and Daniel Benzali will headline the Classic Stage Co.’s production of Luigi Pirandello’s “Naked,” to be presented this spring in a new version by Nicholas Wright, associate director of the National Theater in London.

Wright’s adaptation of the 1922 play, about a famous novelist who gives refuge to a woman hounded by the press, was first performed in February 1998 at London’s Almeida Theater. The Classic Stage Co.’s production marks the legiter’s American premiere, as well as Sorvino’s New York stage debut.

Acting chops

The actress, who won an Academy Award for her performance in Woody Allen’s “Mighty Aphrodite,” has appeared on stage in Joyce Carol Oates’ “Greensleeves,” and “Best of Schools” at UBU Rep’s Festival of New Plays.

Benzali, who starred in the ABC drama “Murder One,” is appearing with Charles Durning in “Glengarry Glen Ross” at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, N.J. The production has been rumored to be circling Gotham for a Broadway opening.

Directed by John Rando, “Naked” begins performances on March 30, with its premiere set for April 9.

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