Nikki M. James
Nikki M. James
© David Gordon
Tony Award winner Nikki M. James is leaving the wilds of Uganda, at least for one night. And she's not going to Sal Tlay Ka Siti.

The Book of Mormon star will play the title role in Project Shaw's staged reading of George Bernard Shaw's Pulitzer-Prize winning drama Saint Joan on Monday, December 17 at 7pm at The Players Club. David Staller produces and directs the presentation.

Written in 1923, three years after Joan of Arc was canonized, the play travels from Joan's first battle to rid France of the English to her infamous trial for heresy.

In addition to James, the reading will also feature Tony winner Fritz Weaver (Child's Play) as Cauchon, Tony nominee Tony Sheldon (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as The Inquisitor, Simon Jones (Blithe Spirit) as Warwick, Josh Grisetti (Enter Laughing) as The Dauphin, Drama Desk winner Jim Brochu (Zero Hour) as Tremoille, and Matthew Saldivar (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Dunois.

The company will include Robert Stanton as the Archbishop, James Beaman as Ladvenue, Rory Duffy as the Steward, Daniel Marconi as the Page, Conan McCarty as Coucelles, Ron McClary as The Executioner, Max Gordon Moore as Stogumber, Bruch Reed as Bluebeard, Jeff Ronan as Poulengey, Michael McCorry Rose as D'Estivet, Michael Selkirk as Baudricourt, and Brian Sgambati as La Hire.

The reading will be narrated by Drama Desk Award winner Roberta Maxwell (Ivanov), and New York 1 reporter Roma Torre will be the evening's guest host.