2014-2015 Readings History  - Click titles below for more info

September 29, 2014 at the Pearl Theatre

THE HONEST WHORE

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

THE TEMPEST

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

DE MONFORT

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

THE WILD DUCK

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

THE MAID'S TRAGEDY

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

A CHASTE MAID IN CHEAPSIDE

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

CAMILLE

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

LIFE IS A DREAM

by Calderón

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

HIPPOLYTOS

by Euripides

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 

THE DUTCH COURTESAN

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 

PERKIN WARBECK

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

LOVE'S SACRIFICE

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

THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL

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 

FIFTH ANNUAL
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. 

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