Actors Company to Present Greene's Potting Shed, Jan. 20

News   Actors Company to Present Greene's Potting Shed, Jan. 20 The Actors Company Theatre (TACT) will present a rare staging of novelist Graham Greene's play The Potting Shed. The play will rune Jan. 20-27 at the company's new home, Florence Gould Hallat the French Institute Alliance Français, 55 E. 59th Street.

The Potting Shed, one of Greene's few attempts at theatre, played on Broadway with a cast featuring Dame Sybil Thorndike and Frank Conroy. Though it ran for five months only, it was Greene's greatest Broadway success.

The story concerns the son of a famous atheist who seeks to uncover a childhood mystery in his past. He eventually discovers that he committed suicide in the eponymous potting shed at the age of 14, but was revived when his uncle, a priest, entered into a strange bargain with God.

Fans of British theatre critic Kenneth Tynan know the play from the writer's famous pan of it, in which Tynan imagines himself ten years after the drama's debut, a broken man who has lost his faith in theatre and resorted to psychotherapy.

The TACT cast will feature James Prendergast, Stina Nielson, Francesca Di Mauro, Darrie Lawrence, Jack Koenig, Kyle Fabel, Nicholas Krepos, Jamie Bennett, Paddy Croft, Laurinda Barrett, and Simon Jones as Father William Callifer. Scott Alan Evans directs.

Graham is the esteemed British author of such novels as "The Power and the Glory, " "Brighton Rock," "The End of the Affair" and "The Quiet American." He died in 1991. For more information, call (212) 307-4100.