Lynn Cohen to Explore Memory and Alzheimer's in Reading of New Christine Toy Johnson Play

News   Lynn Cohen to Explore Memory and Alzheimer's in Reading of New Christine Toy Johnson Play Lynn Cohen ("The Hunger Games") will head the cast of a Jan. 10, 2016, Barrow Group Theatre Company staged reading of Christine Toy Johnson's The Secret Wisdom of Trees.

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Cohen will play Abby Green, "an intrepid and fiercely funny octogenarian who sets out to prepare herself and her family for her journey into Alzheimer's by planting trees in the locations of her biggest memories."

She will be joined by Ron Cohen, Sarah Corey, Bob Kirsh, Jacob Heimer, Benjamin Russell and Nicholas Anderson. Lee Brock, co-artistic director/co-founder of The Barrow Group, directs.

Playwright Christine Toy Johnson said, "I wrote the part of Abby Green with the luminescent Lynn Cohen’s voice in my head – so it is especially exciting to me that she and Ron Cohen (her husband of 51 years) are a part of this first public reading of the play at The Barrow Group, which has been a wonderful artistic home for me."

Cohen is best known for playing Magda in the HBO series "Sex and the City" and the film of the same name as well as Mags in the feature film "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

Johnson is an award-winning writer, actor, director and advocate for inclusion. Her plays and musicals have been developed/produced at such places as The Roundabout Theatre Company, Crossroads Theatre, Village Theatre, The Weston Playhouse, CAP21, Leviathan Lab and Prospect Theater Company. A collection of her work is included in the Library of Congress Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection. She is the 2013 recipient of the Rosetta LeNoire Award from Actors’ Equity Association for “outstanding artistic contributions to the universality of the human spirit in the American theatre.”

The Barrow Group is located at 312 West 36th Street, on the 3rd floor. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made here.
 

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