Portia
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
Portia
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
Arija Bareikis, Orlagh Cassidy, Portia, Matthew Rauch, and Paul Sparks will star in the Irish Repertory Theatre's free reading of Elizabeth Kuti's The Sugar Wife on Tuesday, June 27 at 3pm.

Set in Dublin in the 1850s, the play tells the story of a wealthy Irish Quaker woman who is conflicted between her work with the poor and her duty to her ambitious husband. Her idealistic views are challenged when she befriends a freed American slave, Sarah, and a charismatic and passionate Englishman named Alfred. The play was a co-winner of the 2005-2006 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Bareikis was seen Off-Broadway in Orange Flower Water and Intimate Apparel. Cassidy is currently starring Off-Broadway in The Field. Portia appeared Off-Broadway in McReele and Our Lady of 121st Street, and recently completed a run in the Hartford Stage production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Rauch is currently starring Off-Broadway in the Keen Company production of In The Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Sparks is a three-time Drama Desk Award nominee and was most recently seen Off-Broadway in the Signature Theatre production of Landscape of the Body.

Reservations for the reading are required; phone 212-727-2737.