If you couldn't get to MA's Williamstown Theatre Festival last summer to see the U.S. premiere of Richard Nelson & Russian dramatist Alexander Gelman's play, Misha's Party, you might want to go to a benefit reading of the show, Feb. 2, at NYC's Signature Theatre space.
The Colleagues Theatre Company, founded "to provide opportunities for the mature and seasoned actor" and for "gifted high school graduates" is offering a reading of the comedy/drama. The play, which received major productions at both the Royal Shakespeare Company and Moscow Art Theatre, takes place in Moscow, 1991, as a family tries to reconcile problems in the home, while outside a putsch occurs.
The Colleagues reading features veteran actor John Seitz (Off-Broadway: CSC's Krapp's Last Tape, Abingdon Square) and Paul Kandel (Tommy, A Christmas Carol), alongside Robert Ari (June Moon), Lynn Cohen (Ivanov), Carol Morley (Prisoner Of Second Avenue), Shelly Delaney, Camilla Enders, Robert Blumenfeld (Gross Indecency), Michael Lepore, Diana De Vegh, Missy Hargraves, Nick Gregory (Andre Gregory's son) and Peter Killy. (Cabaret songstress Natalie Gamsu was scheduled to appear but is no longer with the project.)
George C. White directs. A founder of the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, White often had cross-cultural exchanges with Russian playwrights and directors.
The reading of Misha's Party at 555 West 42nd St, has a suggested donation of $12. For tickets and information call (212) 279-4200. -- By David Lefkowitz