This is one Tennessee Williams woman you won’t soon forget. Marisa Tomei plays Serafina, a widow who rekindles her desire for love, lust and life in the arms of a fiery suitor. Williams’ lesser-known gem sizzles with humor and heart in sultry New Orleans. Serafina erupts from the depths of despair to the heights of passion in this Tony Award-winning Best Play.
Marisa Tomei On Stage - Theater Credits, Bio and Tickets
Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York. She is an Oscar-winning actress, perhaps best known for her roles in films such as "My Cousin Vinny," "The Wrestler," and "In the Bedroom," and as Aunt May in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Tomei was raised in the Midwood area of Brooklyn and attended Andries Hudde Junior High School and Edward R. Murrow High School. She would also go on to study for one year at Boston University. After landing small roles in the television soap opera "As the World Turns" on CBS and the film "The Flamingo Kid" in 1984, her first break as an actor came in 1987 when she was cast as Maggie Lauten on NBC's "A Different World," a spin-off from "The Cosby Show," appearing in a total of 22 episodes.
After appearing in the 1991 films "Oscar" and "Zandalee," she shot to superstardom in 1992, after playing Mona Lisa Vito opposite Joe Pesci in "My Cousin Vinny" and ultimately winning the Academy Award for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role". Her film credits in the 1990s also include the likes of "Chaplin" (1992), "Untamed Heart" (1993), "Only You" (1994), "The Paper" (1994), "Unhook the Stars" (1996), and "Slums of Beverly Hills" (1998).
Throughout the 2000s, she continued to appear in a plethora of Hollywood films, notably earning an Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her performances as Natalie Strout in "In the Bedroom" and as Cassidy in "The Wrestler" in 2002 and 2009, respectively. Other standout appearances in this decade include "What Women Want" (2000), "Anger Management" (2003), "Alfie" (2004), "Wild Hogs" (2007), and "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" (2007), as well as the recurring role of Angie Gavin on FX's "Rescue Me" in 2006.
In the last decade, she has found an entirely new audience thanks to her role as Aunt May in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, debuting in "Captain America: Civil War" (2016), and reprising the role in "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2017), "Avengers: Endgame" (2019), and "Spider-Man: Far From Home" (2019). She has also appeared in "Cyrus" (2010), "Crazy, Stupid, Love." (2011), "Parental Guidance" (2012), "Love Is Strange" (2014), "The Big Short" (2015), and "The First Purge" (2018), as well as her recurring role as Mimi Whiteman on Fox's "Empire" in 2015.
Tomei is also a prolific stage actor, who made her Off-Broadway debut in 1986 as Cetta in Daughters at the Westside Theatre, receiving rave reviews alongside a Theatre World Award. She went on to appear regularly Off-Broadway, starring in Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw for Manhattan Theatre Club in 1989, as Adriana in the 1992 "Shakespeare in the Park" production of The Comedy of Errors at the Delacorte Theater, in Tony Kushner's Slavs! at New York Theatre Workshoip in 1994, and in Second Stage's Dark Rapture and Playwrights Horizons' Demonology, both in 1996.
She finally made her Broadway debut in the 1998 revival of Wait Until Dark at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, playing Susy Hendrix. After appearing in The Vagina Monologues at the Westside Theatre, she returned to Broadway to take on the titular role in the 2003 revival of Oscar Wilde's Salome (opposite Al Pacino) at the Barrymore Theatre. In 2008, she starred in the Broadway premiere of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, earning her first Drama Desk Award nomination for "Outstanding Featured Actress In A Play," and in 2011, she returned to the off-Broadway stage to star as Marie in The New Group's production of Marie and Bruce. Her next Broadway venture would be the role of Pony Jones in the 2014 premiere of Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses at the Lyceum Theatre and the cast (which also included Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, and Tracy Letts) would all receive tthe Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Ensemble Performance". She was last seen on the New York stage for Lincoln Center Theater, starring as George in Sarah Ruhl's How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, which played the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater from February through May 2017.
In June 2016, Tomei made her Williamstown Theatre Festival debut, starring as Serafina Delle Rose in an acclaimed revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo. The production now transfers to Broadway, courtesy of Roundabout Theatre Company, and is scheduled to play a limited engagement at the American Airlines Theatre from September 19 through December 8, 2019.