The Actor's Studio continues its month-long series of Group Theatre readings April 30 with Sidney Kingsley's Men in White. By May 17, the Studio will have read each of the 23 plays the Group produced during its existence.
Men in White was the Group Theatre's first big hit after the succes d'estime of The House of Connelly and 1931. Twenty-seven year-old Sidney Kingsley's play had been optioned four times without a production before the Group bought the rights. The company retreated into the country for three months to rehearse before opening the show on Sept. 26, 1933 at the Broadhurst Theatre. The production was a resounding triumph, earning accolades from the press, and a Pulitzer for Kingsley.
The cast included Luther Adler, J. Edward Bromberg, Bobby Lewis, Sanford Meisner, Elia Kazan, Clifford Odets, and Alexander Kirkland. Lee Strasberg directed. The production ran 311 performances.
A spokesman at the Actor's Studio said it was their "philosophy" not to reveal the cast of the reading beforehand. The reading begins at 7 PM at the Studio, at 432 W. 44th St. To make a reservation, call (212) 757-2467.
-- By Robert Simonson