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In Dress of Fire, The Trojan War is seen through the eyes of the women forced to endure man's need for power, Queen Hecuba, clairvoyant Cassandra, and she whose face launched a thousand ships, Helen of Troy. As the conflict rages around the walls of the city (whose dilemma strangely resembles that of a modern superpower), each passionate character is as much preoccupied by her own personal drama as by the impending disaster that will sweep it all away. All their fates weave together as Helen of Troy weaves her loom.
Hosted by award winning actor and long time History Matter/Back to the Future champion Kathleen Chalfant - join History Matters/Back to the Future for a staged reading of the 2016 Judith Barlow Prize winning one-act play.
Her Own Devices by Lindsay Adams, directed by Jade King Carroll
Inspired by Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize winning Harvey, Her Own Devices shares the story of Madeleine, a young girl with a rare autoimmune disorder that forces her to spend her life in a lab, as doctors run endless tests. She copes with the help of her imaginary friend Robot, and ultimately must decide whether or not to leave the only home she's known.
It's 1941 and Alice "Al" Huffman comes from the potato fields of Long Island with her beau, her best girlfriend and her girlfriend's beau to make it on the Broadway stage only to find she has no talent. She meets Max, a former producer, talent manager and possible con man who introduces her to the glamorous, perpetually on the brink of stardom night club singer, Juliana. Juliana's voice sounds to Al like "warm milk slipping down the whole of my body."
Al is increasingly drawn into a secret gay underworld of men who wear dresses and women who smoke cigars, while her childhood friends continue in their "normal" lives. Al glides easily between the two worlds until these worlds begin to collide.
Juliana is the first in a series of novels about the same characters living through forthcoming decades of LGBT history.
Legendary actresses Angela Lansbury and Dana Ivey come together for one unforgettable evening to lead a staged reading of Peter Shaffer's beloved British comedy. In Lettice & Lovage, eccentric tour guide Lettice Douffet channels her flair for the dramatic into embellishing the history of dreary Fustian House, the least stately of London's stately homes. But her flights of fancy are cut short when she encounters Lotte Schoen, a straitlaced bureaucrat from the Preservation Trust. As their animosity gives way to an unlikely friendship born of a shared enthusiasm for historical reenactments, Lettice and Lotte discover that their elaborate fantasies have unintended real-world complications.
The White Plains Performing Arts Center play reading series of classic, TONY honored Best Plays continues with Tennessee William's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. The Nakd Stage Play Reading Series features actors with scripts in hand, no sets, costumes or props. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE WORDS.
The play tells the story of greed and deception within a patriarchal southern family. Specifically, the plot focuses on the turbulent relationship of a wife and husband, Maggie "The Cat" and Brick Pollitt, and their interaction with Brick's family over the course of one evening gathering at the family estate in Mississippi, ostensibly to celebrate the birthday of patriarch and tycoon "Big Daddy" Pollitt. Maggie, through wit and beauty, has escaped a childhood of desperate poverty to marry into the wealthy Pollitt family, but finds herself suffering in an unfulfilling marriage. Brick, an aging football hero, has neglected his wife and further infuriates her by ignoring his brother's attempts to gain control of the family fortune. Brick's indifference and his near-continuous drinking, date back to the recent suicide of his friend Skipper. Big Daddy is unaware that he has cancer and will not live to see another birthday; his doctors and his family have conspired to keep this information from him and his wife. His relatives are in attendance and attempt to present themselves in the best possible light, hoping to receive the definitive share of Big Daddy's enormous wealth.
Frog & Peach Theatre Co., Inc present an all-star benefit reading honoring Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer May 2 at The Greenwich House School of Music where a cast including Zach Grenier ("The Good Wife," "Deadwood"), Austin Pendleton ("Straight White Men," "My Cousin Vinnie"), and Peter Gerety ("Mercy Street," "The Wire") will be reading from Shakespeare's darkest works.
Frog & Peach Theatre Co (http://frogandpeachtheatre.org), founded in 1996 by members of The Actors Studio, brings modern audiences all the excitement and intrigue of Shakespeare's plays in an accessible, entertaining way Benefit proceeds support free and discounted tickets to Frog & Peach Main Stage productions for under-served public school students city-wide.