Alec Baldwin, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Adsit and More Read Hamlet in NYC Benefit Nov. 19

News   Alec Baldwin, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Adsit and More Read Hamlet in NYC Benefit Nov. 19 Alec Baldwin, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Adsit, Zosia Mamet, Sam Underwood and James Rado are among players in a Nov. 19 Manhattan benefit reading of Shakespeare's Hamlet, which supports Fundamental Theater Project.

Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The presentation is at 7 PM at The Irish Arts Center, 553 W. 51st Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. There will also be a post-show cocktail party, with an opportunity to learn more about FTP.

The presentation features Baldwin ("30 Rock") as Claudius; Underwood, artistic director and co-founder of FTP, as Hamlet; Mulgrew (Off-Broadway's Tea at Five and Hartford Stage's Antony and Cleopatra) as Gertrude; Mamet ("The Kids Are All Right" and TV's "Mad Men" and "Parenthood") as Ophelia; Adsit ("30 Rock") as Grave Digger; Hair's co-creator Jim Rado as The Ghost; NYSCA's theatre program director Robert Zukerman as Polonius; Chris Bannow as Guildenstern; Daniel Smith as Laertes; Sophie Sorensen as Player Queen; Joseph Yeargrain as Rosencrantz; Jon Marballi as Marcellus/Osric; and Jefrey Omura as Horatio.

Fundamental Theater Project was founded by actors Underwood and Nicola Murphy.

This reading marks a reunion of Baldwin and Underwood following their recent production of Equus at Guild Hall in East Hampton this past summer. The production was directed by Tony Walton, and received strong reviews. Equus playwright Peter Shaffer, who also collaborated on Equus, serves as honorary patron for FTP.

Fundamental Theater Project "is dedicated to creating a transatlantic theatre community that challenges and nurtures the growth and development of our artists through exploration of a wide range of material, both classic and contemporary, plays and musicals, at all scales of production." FTP recently presented its first Off-Broadway production, the U.S. premiere of Gary Duggan's Trans-Euro Express at Irish Arts Center.

Proceeds from the Hamlet reading will benefit FTP's first international endeavor to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next summer.

Tax-deductible donations of $150 for general seating and $250 for premium seating gains admittance and entry to the reception to follow.

Premium ticket holders will also receive a signed program from the cast. Seating is limited. For reservations contact fundamentaltheater@gmail.com or call (646) 326-2087. For more information, visit www.fundamentaltheaterproject.com.

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