On November 14 Harris will be on hand to watch an excerpt from Carson McCuller's The Member of the Wedding, the classic play that Harris starred in on Broadway and later on film. Hairspray's Mary Bond Davis will play the role originated by Ethel Waters, and the cast will also include Joel Vig as John Henry and child actress Hallie Kate Eisenberg as Frankie Addams. That day Harris will also present the Food for Thought/Julie Harris Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights to a local student. The new season at Food for Thought — run by artistic director Susan Charlotte and Barry Minsky — will boast a slew of rarely produced one-act plays by Arthur Miller, D.H. Lawrence, August Wilson, Noel Coward, G.B. Shaw, and Steve Martin, as well as Charlotte herself, whose plays are usually included among those of her better known collegues. Among the celebrities lined up to take part in the readings are Kathleen Turner, Patricia Neal, Campbell Scott, Rosie Perez, Marcia Gay Harden and Swoosie Kurtz.
The Food for Thought season kicks off Sept. 15 and 17 with one act versions of Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana and The Rose Tattoo. Frank Corsaro, who directed the original 1961 production of Iguana, will direct that play Sept. 15, and David Warren will helm the Sept. 17 reading of Tattoo.
Food for Thought Lunch Hour Theatre will play Sept. 15-Dec. 19 at the National Arts Club, located in Manhattan at 15 Gramercy Park South. Tickets are $42 for regular shows, and the charge includes lunch. Call (212) 362-2560 for reservations; for more information, visit www.foodforthoughtproductions.com.