John Turturro
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
John Turturro
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
John Turturro and Ron Cephas Jones will star in a reading of John Patrick Shanley's new play, Church and State, to be presented on Friday, November 5, at 9:30pm. The evening's program will also include an interview with Shanley, and scenes from the playwright's Where's My Money?, featuring Florencia Lozano and Patrick Breen; and Defiance, featuring Chris Chalk and Chris Bauer.

The event is part of the previously announced for Preview of the Arts 2011, a three-day series of panel discussions, performances and screenings to be offered at Joe's Pub, November 5-7.

On November 6 at 9:30pm, Lorinda Lisitza, Lauren Marcus, A.J. Shively and Jason "SweetTooth" Williams will perform a revised version of Joe Iconis' ReWrite, a piece that debuted in 2008 and is a trio of interconnected mini-musicals. John Simpkins will direct the performance, which will have music direction by Robert Rokicki.

The Bridge Theatre Company will present a staged reading of SIA, featuring its original cast, including Jajube Mandiela, Brendan McMurtry, and Thomas Olajide, on Sunday, November 7, at 4:30pm. A talk back with the author and cast will follow.

Adam Rapp will discuss his first play Ghosts in the Cottonwoods, which will also be offered in a staged reading by The Amoralists on November 7 at 7pm. Featuring William Apps, James Kautz, Nick Lawson, Sarah Lemp, Mandy Nicole Moore and Matthew Pilieci, the play focuses on a single mother and her younger son await the arrival of the older son, who has broken out of prison. The reading will precede the company's fully staged version of the piece, to be presented at Theatre 80 St. Marks, November 11 - December 6.

Other offerings in Preview of the Arts 2011 will include a presentation of and panel discussion about Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried (November 5, 7pm) and two screenings highlighting upcoming programming at the Museum of the Moving Image.

For further information, visit: www.joespub.com.