Classic Stage Welcomes German Playwrights Lessing, Schiller and Goethe in Special Starry Readings Nov. 22, Dec. 6 & 13

News   Classic Stage Welcomes German Playwrights Lessing, Schiller and Goethe in Special Starry Readings Nov. 22, Dec. 6 & 13
 
Classic Stage Company's fall 2004 First Look Festival — a program of one-night-only staged readings of rarely seen classics, performed by notable actors — features masterworks of the German theatre, performed by Kate Mulgrew, Mandy Patinkin and F. Murray Abraham, among others.

It all begins 8 PM Nov. 22 with Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart, with Kate Mulgrew as Mary, translated by Michael Feingold and directed by Erica Schmidt. CSC bills the play this way: "Schiller's ultimate catfight as two queens go head to head for England's crown. One loses her life, the other her soul. You decide who the ultimate victor is in this masterpiece on the perils of power."

The company also includes Caroline Lagerfelt as Elizabeth, Lynn Cohen, Sean Dugan, Michael Potts, Steven Skybell, Boris McGiver, Tom Bloom, Jon DeVries, Tom Nelis, Chandler Williams.

Tickets are available for a package of Nov. 22 show and after-party that will benefit CSC.

Under the artistic direction of Brian Kulick, CSC will also present staged readings of Urfaust (Dec. 6), written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, translated by Dan Farrelly and performed by David Strathairn and F. Murray Abraham, directed by Michael Sexton; and Nathan the Wise (Dec. 13), performed by Ron Leibman and Mandy Patinkin, written by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, translated by Edward Kemp and directed by Brian Kulick.

For ticket information, call (212) 279-4200, or visit www.ticketcentral.com or the CSC box office at 136 E. 13th Street. To attend a special post-show benefit reception on Nov. 22 with Kate Mulgrew, the company and special guests, call CSC at (212) 677-4210 ext. 13. Benefit tickets are $75 and include a ticket to the reading of Mary Stuart.

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CSC's 37th season began Nov. 3 with the New York Premiere of SITI Company's new production of Johannes von Saaz's Death and the Ploughman, with a new translation by Michael West and directed by Obie Award winner Anne Bogart.

Visit www.classicstage.org.

 

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