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Responding to current events almost as they happen, this revealing new work takes audiences into the fierce fight between Senate Republicans and Democrats over the key cabinet members who will shape the Trump administration's policy on everything from Russia to civil rights, healthcare to climate change. Riveting documentary theater, All the President's Men? Scenes From the Senate Confirmation Hearings of President Trump's Cabinet is composed of verbatim testimony from the nomination hearings of the most powerful of these cabinet appointees: Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil, who was nominated for Secretary of State; Jeff Sessions, a leading campaigner for the president and now his chief law officer; Dr. Tom Price, a strident critic of Obamacare and nominee for Health Secretary; and Scott Pruitt, a climate change skeptic nominated as Director of the Environmental Protection Agency. Subjected to tough and relentless cross-examination, each man was questioned forensically about his ethics, beliefs, and political philosophies. Each had to fend off accusations ranging from corruption to deceit to racism. What they said — and what they didn't — gives vital insight into the future policies and direction of a Trump presidency as well as America itself.
Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wendy Wasserstein's prescient play An American Daughter returns to New York for a one-night-only benefit reading directed by Emmy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award winner Christine Lahti. All proceeds will benefit She Should Run, a nonprofit organization that encourages girls and women to pursue public leadership.
A prophetic reflection of the modern political era, Wasserstein's An American Daughter follows Lyssa Dent Hughes, 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.
The reading will star Golden Globe winner Keri Russell as Lyssa, alongside Tony winner Julie White, multi-Tony nominees Jonathan Groff and Victor Garber, Tony nominee Raúl Esparza, Emmy nominees Hugh Dancy and Zoe Kazan, and Obie winner Quincy Tyler Bernstine.
After many younger years as a London society hostess, Mrs. Saint Maugham (Angela Lansbury) fills her days tending her garden at her country estate. When she seeks a governess for her granddaughter, Laurel (whose habit of setting small fires is getting a bit out of hand), the child connects instantly with Miss Madrigal, an enigmatic woman who has come without any references. Who, exactly, is this Madrigal? With a talent for gardening and avoiding questions, she fascinates the equally inscrutable Laurel, who can never resist a mystery...especially if it might involve murder.
Note: This reading, a benefit for the Acting Company, will be followed by dinner with the cast at the historic Union Club. This portion of the evening is only available at certain ticket levels.
In Press Cuttings, it's 1909 and the men in charge of England are having a wild time trying to adjust to the Women's Rights movement! Press Cuttings, George Bernard Shaw's "suffragette comedy," involves a prime minister in drag (Tim Jerome), a conservative general out of control (Paxton Whitehead), a rebellious orderly (A.J. Shively), and some very determined women (Christine Pedi, Andréa Burns, Cady Huffman).
In Shaw's 1910 comedy Dark Lady of the Sonnets, Shakespeare (Shively again) has a secret rendezvous with Queen Elizabeth (Burns), who may or may not be one of his inspirations for some of his most treasured sonnets.
Red Bull Theater's OBIE Award-winning Revelation Readings present staged readings of new and rarely performed classic plays from all eras and cultures.
This edgy historical drama smashes the conventional wisdom about "Shakespeare" and the "Virgin" Queen by suggesting the violation of a fundamental human taboo. Shakespeare and the Courtesan follows the travels of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford and, according to some, the real "William Shakespeare." Oxford's journey through Italy is surrealistically juxtaposed with scenes of his life in England, his plays, poetry, passion, betrayal, and murder in a blend of fact and fantasy. (Did Shakespeare/Oxford have a child with his mother, Queen Elizabeth I?) The Bard meets his match when he encounters the beautiful Veronica Franco, an honored Venetian courtesan and published poet.
Sundays@Six is a free reading series focused on works-in-progress. The WorkShop Theater presents sit-down readings of new and revisited scripts by company playwrights and of projects initiated by company artists. Most of the readings are followed by a moderated dramaturgical discussion.