Mad Men star Christina Hendricks has joined the cast of the April 29 private industry reading of Whorl Inside a Loop. The Emmy nominee will play the role of The Volunteer in the prison drama, played by Sherie Rene Scott Off-Broadway. The producing team has announced that the reading is being presented in advance of an anticipated Broadway run.
Whorl Inside a Loop, a new play written by Scott and Dick Scanlan, officially opened at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre August 27, 2015, following previews that began August 4. The premiere was co-directed by Michael Mayer and Scanlan — the creative team behind the Tony-nominated Everyday Rapture.
Inspired by real-life experiences, the play follows a celebrity actress into a men's maximum security prison for community service. Through teaching them theatre, she unexpectedly forms a close bond with the incarcerated men and gives them the power to tell their stories.
Joining Hendricks in the cast will be Derrick Baskin (Memphis), Nicholas Christopher (Motown), Ryan Quinn (Hamlet), Daniel J. Watts (Hamilton) and Donald Webber, Jr. (Holler If Ya Hear Me), who were involved in the Off-Broadway premiere. Tyrone Davis, Jr. (Shrek) is also among the cast.
The reading is led by producing company WalkRunFly, co-founded by Warren Adams and Brandon Victor Dixon. Jennifer Isaacson serves as the company’s executive producer.