Dan Futterman Will Join Lauren Ambrose, Joan Allen for "Daughter of the Queen of Sheba" Staged Reading

News   Dan Futterman Will Join Lauren Ambrose, Joan Allen for "Daughter of the Queen of Sheba" Staged Reading Stage and screen actor Dan Futterman will join Academy Award nominee Joan Allen and forthcoming Funny Girl star Lauren Ambrose in a staged reading of Jacki Lyden's memoir, "Daughter of the Queen of Sheba," Oct. 17 at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.

The 6:30 PM reading, directed by Daniel Barnz, will benefit Fountain House, an internationally recognized organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with mental illness.

Karen Croner and Jacki Lyden have created the script for this performance. Susan Cartsonis produces. The director, producer and writers of this staged reading are also collaborating to bring "Daughter of the Queen of Sheba" to the big screen.

"Daughter of the Queen of Sheba," according to press notes, recounts Lyden's experience "growing up with a colorful and dramatic mother living with manic depression."

Futterman has been seen on Broadway in Angels in America and Off-Broadway in The Lights, A Fair Country and Dealer's Choice. He has been seen on screen in the 1996 film "The Birdcage" and the CBS series "Judging Amy," among others. The performer also wrote the screenplay for the film "Capote," for which he received a 2005 Oscar nomination.

Fountain House is one of the world’s leading mental health models, providing employment, education, and housing opportunities to people living with serious mental illness. Visit www.fountainhouse.org. Proceeds from "Daughter of the Queen of Sheba" will benefit Fountain House with support from NPR.

Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College is located at 68th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues in New York City. Tickets range from $125-$5,000. For further information, contact Robyn Marks at (212) 582-0341, ext. 1288 or e-mail rmarks@fountainhouse.org.

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