Golden Globe winner Keri Russell (The Americans) led the cast of a one-night-only reading of Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter on Monday, May 8, at the Tony Kiser Theater. The evening, directed by Oscar winner Christine Lahti, was presented by the Indigo Theatre Project for the benefit of the organization She Should Run.
Russell starred as Dr. Lyssa Hughes, with Hugh Dancy as Walter Abrahmson, Jonathan Groff as Morrow McCarthy, Victor Garber as Senator Alan Hughes, Julie White as Charlotte "Chubby" Hughes, Zoe Kazan as Quincy Quince, Raúl Esparza as Timber Tucker, Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Judith B. Kaufman, Max Jenkins as Billy Robbins and Jimmy, and Erich Bergen reading stage directions.
A prophetic reflection of the modern political era, Wasserstein's play follows Lyssa Dent Hughes (Russell), an accomplished doctor and the President's newly named nominee for Surgeon General. While her confirmation at first seems inevitable, Lyssa is stunned when the vetting of her past leads to a scandal that threatens to derail her future.
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