Ben Shenkman to Appear in Free Reading of Jay Reiss' Tulip Craze

News   Ben Shenkman to Appear in Free Reading of Jay Reiss' Tulip Craze Ben Shenkman, who portrayed Louis in the HBO film adaptation of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, will take part in a free reading of The Tulip Craze April 6.
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The 7 PM reading of Jay Reiss' play will be held at the Ars Nova and is part of the theatre's Next Step workshop series. Directed by Trip Cullman, the reading will also feature the talents of Susan Blommaert, Elizabeth Moss, Zak Orth, John Pankow and Ray Anthony Thomas. Described as an "epic adventure that spans two states," Tulip Craze concerns one Martin Miller, who "has the greatest job in the world and now he wants to quit."

Playwright Reiss has also written Francisco Pizarro Sings; Meanwhile, On the Other Side of Mount Vesuvius; Hooray for Iceboy!; Two Men Poised; and Awkward Silence. He is also a co-creator of William Finn's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and he made his Broadway debut as Vice Principal Douglas Panch in that Tony-nominated musical.

Ben Shenkman was most recently on Broadway playing Jonathan Waxman in the Broadway bow of Donald Margulies' Sight Unseen. The actor received a Tony nomination for his work in Proof and also starred as Louis in the HBO films presentation of "Angels in America."

Although the reading is free, reservations are required by calling (212) 977-1700. The Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street, west of Tenth Avenue.