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James Earl Jones, A.R.T. Cast of The Night of the Iguana Reunite for Benefit Reading

The star-studded cast will perform Tennessee Williams's famous drama to benefit the Acting Company.

Amanda Plummer and James Earl Jones in American Repertory Theater's production of The Night of the Iguana
(© Gretjen Helene)

The Acting Company will present a one-night-only benefit reading of Tennessee Williams's 1961 drama The Night of the Iguana at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on Monday, June 11. Directed by Michael Wilson, the performance reunites much of the cast and creative team from American Repertory Theater's 2017 production.

The cast will be led by Tony Award winners James Earl Jones, Amanda Plummer, and Elizabeth Ashley, two-time Emmy Award winner Dana Delany, and Drama Desk Award winners Bill Heck and Susannah Perkins. Complete casting will be announced soon. The creative team includes David Lander (lighting design) and John Gromada (original music and sound design).

The play is described as follows: "In a ramshackle resort perched at the edge of the Mexican jungle, a group of troubled travelers seeks shelter from a storm. Based on his 1948 short story, Williams's drama follows a hotel proprietress and the defrocked Southern preacher who turns up on her veranda. A Nantucket portrait artist traveling with her ancient grandfather, a bus full of fuming Texan college administrators, and a party of vacationers collide in this drama about the impossible journey to outrun the demons within."

The Night of the Iguana is presented by special arrangement with the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.