Five-time Tony nominee Dana Ivey and Tony nominee Michael Hayden will be part of The Acting Company's upcoming reading of Lillian Hellman's 1941 drama Watch on the Rhine, the first reading in the 23rd John McDonald Salon Reading Series. The staging, directed by Kimberly Senior (Disgraced), will take place March 18 at the Mainstage Theater at Playwrights Horizons.
The company will also feature John Skelley (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) as David Farrelly and J. Anthony Crane (The Country House, The Winslow Boy) as Teck De Brancovis. Hayden will play Kurt Muller, and Ivey will play Fanny Farrelly.
Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
Not seen in New York since its 1980 Broadway revival, Watch on the Rhine follows anti-fascist German engineer Kurt Muller (Hayden), his American-born wife Sara, and their three children as they return to Washington, D.C. after years spent in Europe resisting the rising Nazi threat.
The John McDonald Salon Reading Series will present five readings in 2019, continuing with Frederick Knott’s Wait Until Dark, May 20; Jessica Swale’s Olivier Award-winning comedy Nell Gwynn, June 24; Nambi E. Kelley’s Jazz, from the novel by Toni Morrison, August 6; and an original evening of collected letters curated by Dakin Matthews, Letters from Prison, August 13.
Tickets are on sale at TheActingCompany.org.