2014-2015 Readings History - Click titles below for more info
September 29, 2014 at the Pearl Theatre
by Dekker & Middleton
Featuring Carson Elrod, Amelia Pedlow, Matthew Rauch, Rocco Sisto
Adapted and directed by Marc Vietor
Can a lusty prostitute fall in love without losing her mind in the process? This surprisingly comedic domestic drama provides the perfect kick-off to our season of uncontrolled passions.
October 20, 2014 at Playwrights Horizons, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
by William Shakespeare
SPECIAL BENEFIT READING
Featuring Michael Cerveris, Jay O. Sanders, Stephen Spinella, D'Adre Aziza and Michael Urie
Directed by Jesse Berger
Revenge can cause quite a commotion. Full of power and poetry, Shakespeare’s final play is a magical tale of shipwrecks and storms, of justice and mercy, and, ultimately, life and art.
November 3, 2014 at Playwrights Horizons, Peter Jay Sharp Theater
by Joanna Baillie
Featuring Christopher Innvar, Christina Rouner and Robert Sella
Directed by Sari Ketter
How far can jealousy take you? Romantic drama hits the heights in this rarely revived Othello-inspired tale of love, loss and obsessive passion.
November 17, 2014 at Playwrights Horizons, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
by Henrik Ibsen
New version by David Auburn
Featuring Rebecca Brooksher, Stephen Kunken, and Harris Yulin
Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg
Will the truth set you free? An idealistic son exposes his family’s corruption, in the world premiere of a new version by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn.
December 1, 2014 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
by Beaumont & Fletcher
Featuring Jennifer Ikeda and Jeanine Serralles
directed by Deborah Wolfson
Can what you don’t know hurt you after all? Jacobean cross-dressing and bedroom badinage are in full force, as tragi-comedy becomes revenge play.
December 29, 2014 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
by Thomas Middleton
Featuring Liv Rooth and Sam Tsoutsouvas
Directed by Ben Prusiner
Must chaste maids be chased maids? Money and marriage collide in this cacophonous city comedy as poor Moll contends with the aptly-named Whorehound, her arranged husband to be.
January 12, 2015 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
by Charles Ludlam
Featuring Charles Busch with Beth Dodye Bass, Sandra Bargman, Arnie Burton, David Drake, Everett Quinton, Matthew Rauch, Thom Sesma, Rocco Sisto, and Nomi Tichman
Directed by Everett Quinton
Who’s the grandest dame of them all? 19th century melodrama takes a ridiculous turn in this “Travesty on La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas Fils.”
February 2, 2015 at SoHo Playhouse
Featuring Steven Boyer, Corey Hawkins, Zoe Kazan, John Mainieri, Drew Ledbetter, Ismenia Mendes, Patrick Page, Jay O. Sanders, Thom Sesma, Nick Westrate
Translated by Jo Clifford
Directed by Matthew Rauch
Segismundo’s only crime was being born … or was it? This Spanish Golden Age classic explores metaphysical questions of identity that ring out with the full force of Shakespearean tragedy.
February 16, 2015 at the Cherry Lane Theatre
Featuring Olympia Dukakis, Robert Cuccioli and Laila Robins
New version by Anne Carson
Directed by Ted Pappas
Can you control your love when the Gods are involved? Phaedra’s overwhelming passion for her stepson is brought to vibrant new life by contemporary poet Anne Carson.
March 2, 2015 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
by John Marston
Featuring Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater
Directed by Michael Sexton
Why is it so hard to be good? Freevill tries to break off his affair with the titular courtesan – but she’s not so easy to shake.
March 9, 2015 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
by John Ford
Featuring Zach Appelman, Sam Tsoutsouvas and Justin Blanchard
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge
Who is the real King of England? Picking up where Shakespeare’s Richard III left off, this is the strange truth of the man who claimed to be one of the ‘princes in the tower’ and sought the throne.
May 4, 2015 at Playwrights Horizons, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
by John Ford
Featuring Ben Rappaport and Susan Heyward
directed by Craig Baldwin
How far should you follow your heart? Love, lust, and infidelities lurk behind the slick veneer of a scheming Italian court in this magnificently provocative tragedy.
June 29, 2015 at the Cherry Lane Theatre
by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Featuring Charles Busch and Everett Quinton
Directed by Marc Vietor
What’s wrong with a little rumor? This ultimate comedy of manners, satirizing the hypocrisy of fashionable society will be presented with ridiculous gender-bending panache.
July 13, 2015 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
SHORT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
Featuring brand new plays by Lee Blessing, Ellen McLaughlin, and more
Directed by May Adrales and Evan Yionulis
Each year, we select new works of heightened language and classical themes from today’s hottest writers from over 300 submissions and commission two from today’s top playwrights.