Happy 443rd Birthday, Shakespeare! Messing, Naughton, Cerveris Star in Bard Marathon April 9

News   Happy 443rd Birthday, Shakespeare! Messing, Naughton, Cerveris Star in Bard Marathon April 9 Debra Messing, James Naughton and Michael Cerveris are among the performers scheduled to perform at The Shakespeare Society's second annual free Shakespeare Birthday Marathon April 9 at 6:30 PM at the Kaye Playhouse.

Tom Wopat, Lee Wilkoff and Kathyrn Meisle have been added to a lineup that also includes, as of press time, Richard Kind, Philip Bosco, Michael Cumpsty, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Shamos, Peter Ackerman, Oscar Isaac, David Costabile, John Cariani and Kristine Nielsen.

The originally announced Sam Waterston and Rainn Wilson have dropped out.

The actors will perform scenes, speeches and songs from the Bard's comedies and romances such as A Winter's Tale, The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing.

The event will also include an excerpt of Kenneth Branagh's upcoming film version of As You Like It starring Kevin Kline, Bryce Dallas Howard and Alfred Molina.

The Kaye Playhouse is located at Hunter College on 69th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.shakespearesociety.org or call (212) 327-3399.

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