The acclaimed comedy, according to press notes, is "about the intrigues and scandals of the three MaGrath sisters, who reunite on the occasion of Babe MaGrath's having shot her husband."
Crimes of the Heart premiered Off-Broadway in 1980 and then ran on Broadway at the The Golden Theatre, garnering the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. In 1986 the play was made into a film directed by Bruce Beresford.
The reading will cast Ireland as Lenny, Lyonne as Chick, Mamet as Babe, Stan as Doc, Ullman as Barnette and Williams as Meg.
The New Group launches its 2013-14 season with the New York premiere of the Geffen Playhouse production of Henley's The Jacksonian. Directed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls, this production features Ed Harris, Glenne Headly, Amy Madigan, Bill Pullman and Juliet Brett. Previews begin Oct. 25.
Tickets to the one-night-only benefit reading of Crimes of the Heart, priced $100, are extremely limited. Contact Jamie Lehrer at (212) 244-3380, ext. 308 or Jamie@thenewgroup.org.
The New Group @ Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre) is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues. For more information visit www.thenewgroup.org.