2015-2016 Readings History - Click titles below for more info
SEASON KICK-OFF BENEFIT READING
October 26, 2015 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
by George Etherege
Directed by Jesse Berger
Featuring Matthew Amendt, Heidi Armbruster, Suzanne Bertish, Veanne Cox,
Laura Esterman, Ryan Garbayo, Amelia Pedlow, Everett Quinton,
Reg Rogers, Liv Rooth, Marc Vietor, Spiff Weigand, and Michael Urie.
Libertine or liberator? London’s leading rake wreaks hilarious havoc on high society in this - the original Restoration Comedy - with help from Sir Fopling Flutter, the first and greatest of the Restoration fops.
November 16. 2015 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
by John Marston
Directed by Derek Smith
Featuring Kelley Curran, Geraint Wyn Davies, Clifton Duncan, Cameron Folmar, Christopher Innvar, Jason Kravits, Marsha Mason, Kathryn Meisle, Rachel Mewbron, Matthew Rauch, Rocco Sisto, David Ryan Smith, Susanna Stahlmann, Marc Vietor, Nathan Winkelstein, and more
This savage satire follows Malevole, the sarcastic court jester as he lambastes Renaissance Genoa with his caustic wit. But in a tale of false deaths, seductions, and adulteries, is this jester truly what he seems to be?
December 7, 2015 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
by Cyril Tourneur
Directed by Ben Prusiner
Featuring Johnny Lee Davenport, Jacob Fishel, Ryan Garbayo, Philip Goodwin, Miriam A. Hyman, Whit Leyenberger, Kathryn Meisle, Bhavesh Patel, Tom O'Keefe, Raphael Nash Thompson, Alexander Sovronsky, Sam Tsoutsouvas, Alejandra Venancio, and Lisa Wolpe
Will God punish him? This spine-tingling tale of murder, revenge and deceit by “one of the most shadowy figures of Jacobean drama” follows a ruthless atheist in his uncompromising pursuit of wealth and power.
December 28, 2015 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
by Ben Jonson
Directed by Carson Elrod
Featuring Michael Countryman, Diane Davis, Angel Desai, Carson Elrod, Kelly Hutchinson, Korey Jackson, Claire Karpen, Ben Mehl, Craig Pattison, Matthew Saldivar, Jay O. Sanders, Kenneth Tigar, Henry Vick, Roger Yeh, and more
A wacky wedding comedy from the ‘90s? The 1590’s that is... Jonson’s famous light-hearted romp follows the classic story of an aristocratic man and his blue-collar bride-to-be. The parents are bound to disapprove!
January 18, 2016 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
by Thomas Middleton
Directed by Craig Baldwin
Featuring Bill Buell, Grant Chapman, Drew Cortese, David Greenspan, Don Guillory, William Jackson Harper, Daniel K. Isaac, Antoinette LaVecchia, Christina Pumariega, Lee Sellars, James Seol, Mirirai Sithole, David Ryan Smith, Stephen Spinella, Rasha Zamamiri, and more
How far would you go to get out of debt? This twisted comedy follows the appropriately named Witgood in his uproarious quest to lie, cheat and hustle his way back into the black.
February 15, 2016 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
by Philip Massinger
Directed by Louisa Proske
Featuring Oberon Adjepong, Mamoudou Athie, Clifton Duncan, Ben Horner, Jennifer Ikeda, Paul Lazar, Patrick Page, Amanda Quaid, Lee Sellars, Carolyn Smith, Sam Underwood, Adina Verson, and more
How far should a role be taken? This entertaining tragedy puts an actor at the center of a dramatic and dangerous love triangle in a noble condemnation of tyranny and defense of the theater.
March 7, 2016 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Michael Sexton
Featuring David Barlow, Helen Carey, Henry Clarke, Kimiye Corwin, Autumn Dornfeld, Emily Gardner Hall, Chukwudi Iwuji, Peter Francis James, Merritt Janson, Ian Lassiter, Matthew Rauch, Jay O. Sanders, Michael Schantz, and Sam Tsoutsouvas
What was Shakespeare’s take on politics? Between the competing claims of democracy and aristocracy, amidst the din of ravished citizens and rageful soldiers, blooms a personal tragedy of one man's emotional blindness.
April 18, 2016 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
by Frances Burney
Directed by Everett Quinton
Featuring Bill Army, Arnie Burton, Veanne Cox, Clifton Duncan, Laura Esterman, Susannah Flood, Emily Gardner Hall, Susan Heyward, Matthew Saldivar, Auden Thornton, Sam Tsoutsouvas, Jenne Vath, Nick Westrate, and more
The missing link between Sheridan and Wilde, Fanny Burney’s rarely seen proto-feminist satire is a hilarious story of broken engagements, excessive romanticism - and one massively misguided misogynist.
May 2, 2016 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
by William Shakespeare
A co-presentation with Waterwell
Directed by Tom Ridgely
Featuring Mohammad Aghebati, Amir Arison, Brendan Averett, Soraya Broukhim, Cary Donaldson, Abraham Makany, Arian Moayed, Seth Numrich, Debargo Sanyal, Babak Tafti, Faran Tahir, Sheila Vand, Bernard White, Janet Zarish, and more
This provocative dual-language adaptation of Hamlet, featuring Tony Award-nominated Arian Moayed, is set in Persia circa 1916, on the eve of the first World War and the arrival of the British.
June 27, 2016 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
by William Congreve
Directed by Jesse Berger
Featuring Jacob Dresch, Francesca Faridany, Alison Fraser, Ryan Garbayo, Adam Green, Christopher Innvar, Amelia Pedlow, Robert Petkoff, Liv Rooth, Jeanine Serralles, Dina Thomas, CJ Wilson, Nathan Winkelstein and more
Do money and marriage mix? The pinnacle of riotous Restoration Comedies, Congreve’s play is an unexpectedly moving tale of the trials and tribulations of true love and true riches.
July 25, 2016 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
Featuring brand new plays by Kate Abbruzzese, Emily Taplin Boyd, Lisa D’Amour, Amy Freed, Anchuli Felicia King, Dakin Matthews, Bridgette Dutta Portman, Lynn Rosen
Directed by Louisa Proske and Evan Yionoulis
Featuring Mamoudou Athie, Becca Blackwell, Sheria Irving, Daniel K. Isaac, Roberta Maxwell, Amelia Pedlow, Mary Lou Rosato,
Amanda Quaid, Susannah Schulman Rogers, Phoebe Strole, Sam Tsoutsouvas, CJ Wilson, and more
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