A host of stage and screen stars will take part in Animus Theatre Company’s annual 12-Hour Reading Festival, which will return to Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre July 19 beginning at 11 AM.
The third annual event will showcase Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley. The readings will include Henley’s Pulitzer-winning Crimes of the Heart, as well as The Wake of Jamey Foster, Ridiculous Fraud, The Debutante Ball, The Jacksonian, Control Freaks, and Impossible Marriage.
The readings will be performed by a mixture Animus company members and special guest artists, including Emmy Award winner Carol Kane, Grace Gummer, Oscar and Emmy winner Christine Lahti (set to play Gloria Steinem Off-Broadway later this year), Nnamdi Asomugha, Juliet Brett, Valorie Curry, Sami Gayle, Daniel London, Lauren Pritchard, Bill Pullman, Andrew Rothenberg, Wrenn Schmidt, and Paul Schneider.
Company artists include Haley Bond, Sara Canter, Alex Correia, Alice Grindling, Jonathan Judge-Russo, Trevor Kluckman, Alan Langdon, Brad Lemons, Amy Northup, Liz Elise Richards, Erin Leigh Schmoyer, Courtney Shaw, and Karen Sours Albisua.
“Animus presents our 12-Hour Festival to provide theatergoers the opportunity to experience one of the earliest and least-accessible parts of theatrical production—the reading—elevated by industry-leading actors, presented on a Broadway stage with the playwright in attendance,” says Founding Artistic Director Jonathan Judge-Russo. “Audiences are given a unique glimpse into the evolution of a world-class writer at a fraction of the cost of a typical Broadway show, all the while learning more about the past, present, and future of Animus Theatre Company.”
All-day passes for the festival, available for a suggested donation of $30 each, are available for purchase online at AnimusTheatre.org.