"AracaWorks" Readings to Feature Carole Shelley and Christiane Noll

News   "AracaWorks" Readings to Feature Carole Shelley and Christiane Noll Tony Award winner Carole Shelley, Tony nominee Christiane Noll, Molly Ephraim, Condola Rashad and Lucas Near-Verbrugghe have been cast in the "AracaWorks" play-reading series, which begins May 10.

In addition to Shelley (Wicked), Noll (Ragtime), Ephraim (Into the Woods), Rashad (Ruined) and Near-Vergrugghe (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), the free readings will feature Ian Kahn, Tracee Chimo, Diane Davis, Janet Zarish, Jay Liebman, Emily Bergle, Jeremy Webb, Aaron Serotsky and John Rothman.

The "AracaWorks" series includes plays by David Brian Colbert, Lucy Kirkwood, Emily Chadick Weiss and Anna Ziegler. The readings will be offered at 7:30 PM through May 13 at the Ars Nova building.

The aim of the project, which first began in December, is to showcase works by established and emerging playwrights, which have yet to receive a full production in New York City.

Here's a look at the plays and their casts:

C.O.A.L. (Confessions of a Liar)
By David Brian Colbert
Directed by Jeremy Dobrish
Featuring Noll, Kahn, Ephraim
May 10
"Coal, a self-confessed sociopath, comes to terms with the effects of his lies on a small Southern town. Fractured into four personalities, Coal is at once a charming Southern gentleman, an aging debutante, a rebellious teenage girl and a wounded little boy. Through these perspectives, Coal is confronted with the question, is there any reason to stop lying when lying becomes your truth?" The Spectacular Spinsters of Shoreditch
By Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by Evan Cabnet
Featuring Shelley and Rashad
May 11
"Have you met the Spinsters? A funny, provocative look at two unconventional older women living on their own terms in suburban London. Trouble brews when their relationship with their neighbors deepens."

The Extraordinary New Bible
By Emily Chadick Weiss
Directed by Dylan McCullough
Featuring Chimo, Davis, Zarish and Liebman
May 12
"In present day Arizona, Father is turning sixty and demands extraordinary gifts from his grown daughters. Since he raised them on the dramatic stories, not the Jewish traditions of The Old Testament, Alison and Marissa both decide to write the best new bible for their father – one that is about the epic tale of their family. But when they learn they are competing for not only their father’s love, but the love of the rabbinic student Father found wandering in the desert, Alison and Marissa must decide if they will remain within the confines of their primitive upbringing, or venture out into secular America."

The Minotaur
By Anna Ziegler
Directed by Sarna Lapine
Featuring Bergle, Near-Verbrugghe, Webb, Serotsky and Rothman
May 13
"A present-day version of a classic Greek myth, Anna Ziegler’s The Minotaur is a contemporary take on love, honor, and human connection. With refreshing originality and wit, The Minotaur explores how we break out of history in order to shape new stories for ourselves."

For reservations visit AracaWorks. Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street.

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