Jon Hamm, Jennifer Ehle, Ayad Akhtar Set for Reading of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America

Readings and Workshops   Jon Hamm, Jennifer Ehle, Ayad Akhtar Set for Reading of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America
 
Arin Arbus will direct the three-act reading, presented by 92Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center.
Jon Hamm, Jennifer Ehle, and Ayad Akhtar
Jon Hamm, Jennifer Ehle, and Ayad Akhtar

92Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center will present a reading of an abridged version of Philip Roth’s novel The Plot Against America October 28 at 1 PM.

Readers are currently scheduled to include Pulitzer-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, Tony winner Billy Crudup, Tony winner Jennifer Ehle, Jon Hamm, Broadway-bound Elizabeth Marvel (King Lear), Maggie Siff, and John Turturro.

The reading, directed by Arin Arbus, will consist of three 90-minute acts (with two intermissions). Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro assembled the abridgment.

Published in 2004, The Plot Against America is a counter-factual novel set in Newark, New Jersey, in the early 1940s. It tells the story of what it was like for the (fictional) Roth family and Jews across the country when the isolationist and “America First” aviation hero Charles Lindbergh was elected President of the United States.

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Before his death in May, Mr. Roth was collaborating with Poetry Center Director Bernard Schwartz on the details of the October 28 event.

“This reading, which features some of the country’s finest actors, is our tribute to the master and one of his many masterworks, as timely (and timeless) today as it ever was,” said Schwartz in a statement.

For more information, visit 92Y.org.

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