The first presentation will be Noel Coward's The Astonished Heart on May 5. May 8 will feature Tony Roberts and Frances Sternhagen reading O. Henry's The Ransom of Red Chief and Susan Charlotte's Folded Hands.
May 14 will welcome John Shea and Lisa Banes, who will read Dorothy Parker's Sentiment and The Last Tea as well as Douglas MacLeod's Way Out of Here. Tony Roberts will return May 15 and will join Penny Fuller and Brian Murray for a reading of Tom Stoppard's Rough Crossing.
On May 22 Food for Thought presents readings of The Basement by Harold Pinter, The Informer by Bertolt Brecht and Present Perfect by Susan Charlotte. May 28 includes readings of Pinter's Victoria Station and A Kind of Alaska, as well as Edgar Allen Poe's The Oval Portrait.
Marian Seldes reads from Christopher Durang's Nina in the Morning, Mrs. Sorkin and Wanda's Suit on May 29, while John Shea returns to read John Ford Noonan's When It Comes Early on June 2. A reprise of Coward's The Astonished Heart is slated for June 5, and George Bernard Shaw's O'Flaherty V.C. is scheduled for June 11.
June 18 will feature a reading of Noel Coward's Fumed Oak with a musical performance by KT Sullivan; and Rue McClanahan and Morrow Wilson will stop by June 19 to offer a sneak preview of next season's Food for Thought offerings. Tickets for the Lunch Time Series are $75, with lunch served at 12:30 PM followed by the 1:30 PM one-act reading. Tickets and detailed schedule information are available by visiting www.foodforthoughtproductions.com.
All readings are presented at The Players Club, located in Manhattan at 16 Gramercy Park South.