Free Reading of Matthew Passion to Be Presented June 18

News   Free Reading of Matthew Passion to Be Presented June 18 A free reading of Phil Hall's Matthew Passion, which is billed as a "New Play (with music)," will be presented June 18 at St. James Chapel — The Cathedral of St. John The Divine in support of Gay Pride 2009.

Steve Stringfellow will direct the reading, which is scheduled to begin at 7 PM. The cast will feature Jeff Applegate, James Royce Edwards, Jimmi Kilduff, Timothy John Mandala, Chad McCallon, Craig Ramsay, Andrew Redeker, Matt Shepard and Jay Sullivan.

Matthew Passion, according to press notes, "tells the story of the passion of Christ; the story of Matthew Shepard being picked up at a bar in Laramie, Wyoming, beaten and left for dead on a hillside; and the story of a middle-aged HIV positive survivor who has outlived his life expectancy. Although the three stories take place in three different locations, and are thousands of years apart, they all reflect one another and converge in the final scene."

The creative team also includes Jacob Brent (choreography), David Vance (photography) and Rob Bevenger (loin cloth design).

Phil Hall is a playwright, composer-lyricist and musical director. He composed the score for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which was seen at the Paper Mill Playhouse and the North Shore Music Theatre. He was the vocal arranger for Sophisticated Ellington (Carnegie Hall) and Some Enchanted Evening, a Rodgers and Hammerstein revue. He conducted the Broadway musical Play Me a Country Song and was the associate conductor for the revival of Mame. Hall has been a conductor/musical director at The Kennedy Center, St. Louis MUNY, Paper Mill Playhouse, Seattle's Fifth Avenue Theatre and Kansas City Starlight, among others.

The St. James Chapel - The Cathedral of St. John The Divine is located in Manhattan at 1047 Amsterdam at 112th Street. For more information visit www.matthewpassion.com. *

Matthew Passion played a brief run at the American Theatre of Actors' Chernuchin Theatre in spring 2009. The Off-Broadway cast included Jacob Brent, the cast includes Jeff Applegate, James Royce Edwards, Jimmi Kilduff, Timothy John Mandala, Chad McCallon, Craig Ramsay, Andrew Redeker, Matt Shepard and Jay Sullivan.

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