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The Emerging Writers Group is a component of The Public Writers Initiative, a long-term program that provides key support and resources for writers at every stage of their careers. It creates a fertile community and fosters a web of supportive artistic relationships across generations.
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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.
Royal Shakespeare Company star and Olivier-winning Chukwudi Iwuji along with a cast of stage and film stars will read the New York Premiere of IRA, Iwuji's screenplay on Ira Alridge one of the first African Americans to grace the London stage. In his quest for opportunities in the West End, Ira falls in love with Margaret, an English abolitionist. In the face of racial and social adversity, their bond will be stretched to its limits in this story of love, social strife, and the journey to becoming a legend. Cast includes Condola Rashad, Lorraine Toussaint, James Waterston, Michael Rudko, Abby Wilde, Sean Patrick Riley, Tyler Hollinger, Ryan Duncan, Tom O'Keefe, Yvonne Cone, Jennifer Martina, Josh Helman and Jay O. Sanders. Directed by Danya Taymor. Creative Producer, Adam Shulman. Ticket holders will be welcomed by a step-and-repeat beginning at 6:45pm before enjoying the staged reading followed by a talkback and cocktail party with the cast.
The Irish Rep's 2015 gala, hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.B. Yeats, the Nobel Prize-winning poetic voice of Ireland and co-founder of the renowned Abbey Theatre.
Special guests, including Gabriel Byrne, Terry Donnelly, Olympia Dukakis, Melissa Errico, Peter Gallagher, Colum McCann, Bridget Moynahan, Ciarán Sheehan, John Slattery, J. Smith-Cameron and more still to be announced, will perform readings, dance, and music capturing the incredible beauty, wit, and poignancy of Yeats' poetry and illuminating the poet's legacy for Irish culture around the world.