EXCLUSIVE: Michael McKean, Reed Birney, Terrence Man Will Read Thriller Child's Play in NYC May 9

News   EXCLUSIVE: Michael McKean, Reed Birney, Terrence Man Will Read Thriller Child's Play in NYC May 9
 
Child's Play, Robert Marasco's spine-tingling 1970 Broadway play about demonic happenings at a Catholic boys' boarding school in mid-winter, will get a private reading in Manhattan on May 9. The drama was nominated for the Best Play Tony Award and won five others.

Michael McKean
Michael McKean

Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail (In the Heights, Lombardi) directs a cast that includes Michael McKean (Hairspray, The Homecoming, Superior Donuts), Reed Birney (Tigers Be Still, A Small Fire and The Dream of the Burning Boy), Jason Ritter ("The Event") and Tony nominee Terrence Mann (Cats, The Addams Family). Teacher rivalry, threats of violence and possible demonic possession are all in the mix.

The cast also includes Davis Aaron Baker, Jeffrey Omura, Lyle Mackston, Nick Lehane, Adam Barrie and Daniel Estrella.

SkyeFrank Productions is presenting the private invite-only reading.

Child's Play first opened on Broadway on Feb. 12, 1970, at the Royale Theatre and ran for 342 performances. The production was produced by David Merrick and directed by Joseph Hardy, who won a Tony for his work. The production received additional Tonys Best Actor (Fritz Weaver), Best Featured Actor (Ken Howard), Best Scenic Design (Jo Mielziner) and Best Lighting Design (Jo Mielziner). It also received three 1970 Drama Desk Awards.

After Broadway, the play appeared in London in 1971 and was adapted into a film in 1972. Sidney Lumet directed te picture, which starred James Mason, Robert Preston, and Beau Bridges.

This property is not to be confused with the same-titled horror film franchise that launched in 1988 and featured a possessed doll named Chucky.

Playwright Marasco died in 1998. He wrote the novels "Parlor Games" and "Burnt Offerings," but had no other theatre success.

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