Kevin Spacey to Lead Six Student Workshops in Tandem With Moon

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A Moon for the Misbegotten star Kevin Spacey will lead six theatre workshops with a total of 180 New York City high school students this spring. The workshops are a partnership between the Theatre Development Fund and London's Old Vic Theatre, where Spacey is artistic director.

Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey

Thirty students from each of the six schools will attend Wednesday matinees of A Moon for the Misbegotten. A few days after the matinee, the students will participate in a two-and-a-half hour workshop with Spacey.

TDF teaching artists will join Spacey during the workshops, which will consist of in-depth discussions of the play and theatre exercises, culminating with the students performing scenes from the show in their classroom.

The schools involved are Forest Hills High School (workshop on April 24), Young Women's Leadership Academy (April 26), All Hallows High School (May 10), LaGuardia High School (May 22), Edward R. Morrow High School (May 24) and Stuyvesant High School (June 5).

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The Broadway revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten began previews March 29, opened April 9 and is scheduled to close June 10. The director Howard Davies and the cast of Spacey, Eve Best, Colm Meaney, Billy Carter and Eugene O'Hare were all involved with the production at the Old Vic in London and are reprising their roles for Broadway. A Moon for the Misbegotten, according to press notes, "tells the shattering story of Josie Hogan (Best), a towering woman with a quick tongue and a ruined reputation who lives in a dilapidated Connecticut farmhouse with her conniving father, Phil (Meaney). During one long moonlit night fueled by drink and lust, Josie's softer side is exposed through her feelings for Hogan's landlord Jim Tyrone (Spacey), and two implacable souls reveal to each other the grief, longing and unrequited love they've hidden from the world."

The design team for the Broadway production includes Bob Crowley (scenic design), Lynette Mauro (costume design), Mark Henderson (lighting design) and Christopher Shutt (sound design). Dominic Muldowney penned original music; the sound system design is by T. Richard Fitzgerald and Carl Casella.

Spacey plays James Tyrone Jr. on Broadway for the second time, after having played the role in Long Day's Journey Into Night. The actor won a Tony Award for Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers and was Tony-nominated for his work in O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh. His other Broadway credits include Hurlyburly and Ghosts. He won Oscars for his performances in "American Beauty" and "The Usual Suspects."

A Moon for the Misbegotten premiered on Broadway in 1957 and was most recently seen in a 2000 revival starring Cherry Jones, Roy Dotrice and Gabriel Byrne.

The Brooks Atkinson Theatre is located in Manhattan at 256 West 47th Street. For tickets to the play visit Ticketmaster.com or call (212) 307-4100.

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