"I’m freaking out and so excited!" Garner told reporters in Los Angeles recently.
"It’s always been my absolute dream of all dreams and all of this stuff that I’ve done is accidental. I always, always meant to be on stage," Garner said. "I only ended up even auditioning for television and movies because I was understudying a play on Broadway and was so broke that when I got a miniseries I had to take it and was so ashamed because I was such a snob and now every time they talk about theater it’s like, ‘Well…’ But this I couldn’t pass up. Working with Kevin Kline, being in New York in the fall, doing this role, getting to say these words! Just thinking about it, I get excited."
The new production of the 17th century-set romantic comedy, with "Nine" director David Leveaux at the helm, is to begin previews Oct. 12 at New York's Richard Rodgers Theatre ahead of a planned Nov. 1 opening.
The limited engagement is to run through Dec. 23.