Upcoming "Food for Thought" play readings in Manhattan will feature Judd Hirsch, Marisa Tomei, David Strathairn, Donna Murphy and Anne Meara. The events, held at the National Arts Club off Gramercy Park in Manhattan at 1 PM, are part of a lunchtime series which began last fall with the new Tony Kushner play, East Coast Ode to Howard Jarvis.
This winter's line-up spotlights little heard works by Richard Wesley and John Guare; monologues drawn from the work of short story writer Grace Paley and poet Williams Carlos Williams; and new works by Tom Topor, Cliff Robertson and Susan Charlotte.
The events include a discussion with the playwright and actors, as well as a gourmet box lunch. The cost is $27. Susan Charlotte, Harold Thau, Barry Minsky and Kenneth Martin in association with the National Arts Club produce.
Announced readings are as follows:
• Monday, March 12: Love Divided By, by Susan Charlotte, starring Tasha Lawrence, and Come On!, by Charlotte, starring Julie Halston
• Tuesday, March 13: Day for Surprises and The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year, by John Guare, starring Dylan Baker and Becky Ann Baker
• Thursday, March 15: I Can’t Remember Anything, by Arthur Miller, starring Anne Meara and Judd Hirsch
• Thursday, March 22: Day for Surprises and The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year, by John Guare, starring Anne Meara and Simon Jones
• Monday, March 26: Gettin It Together, by Richard Wesley, actors tba, and Boundary County Idaho, by Tom Topor, starring David Strathairn
• Tuesday, March 27, An Interest in Life, by Grace Paley, starring Donna Murphy, and The Use of Force, by William Carlos Williams, starring Shawn Elliott
• Wednesday, March 29: Day for Surprises and The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year, by John Guare, starring Marisa Tomei Tickets for "Food For Thought: Lunch Hour Theatre" are available by calling (212) 362-2560 or consult www.showbusinessweekly.com/foodforthought/.