Brian d'Arcy James, Jack Gilpin, and Julie White Read Behrman's Biography in NYC, Dec. 8

News   Brian d'Arcy James, Jack Gilpin, and Julie White Read Behrman's Biography in NYC, Dec. 8 Brian d'Arcy James (Sweet Smell of Success), Jack Gilpin (The Elephant Man) and Julie White (Bad Dates) will star in a private reading of S.N. Behrman's Biography at the American Airlines Theatre, Dec. 8.

Brian D'Arcy James in the original production of Titanic
Brian D'Arcy James in the original production of Titanic Photo by Joan Marcus

Carl Forsman, artistic director of the Keen Company, directs the reading for Roundabout donors and invited guests. Biography centers on a celebrity portrait painter and a politically motivated magazine editor who wants to print her autobiography. However, conflict arises when the artist's former lover fears his campaign for the Senate might be jeopardized if the story is published.

The drama enjoyed an Off-Broadway run at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1980. Piper Laurie (Morning's At Seven) starred as the artist, Alan Rosenberg (What's Wrong With This Picture?) played the editor and George Guidall (The Price) took on the role of the candidate.

Forsman recently helmed the Keith Reddin comedy Can’t Let Go starring Rebecca Luker (Nine) and previously directed Brian d'Arcy James in Conor McPherson's The Good Thief. The director, set to take on Tina Howe's new translations of Eugene Ionesco's The Bald Soprano and The Lesson for the Atlantic Theatre Company in the spring of 2004, has also staged The Voice of the Turtle and Behrman's The Second Man as well as premieres of Courtney Baron’s Dream of Heaven and Hell, Julia Jordan's Paul Westerberg and Proof Pulitzer Prize-winner David Auburn's We Had a Very Good Time.

Behrman's plays include Amphitryon 38, The Beauty Part, But For Whom Charlie, The Cold Wind and the Warm, End Of Summer, I Know My Love, Jacobowsky and the Colonel, Jane, Lord Pengo, Meteor, No Time For Comedy and Rain From Heaven.