The Actor's Studio continues their month-long series of Group Theatre readings May 1 with Maxwell Anderson's Night Over Taos. By May 17, the Studio will have read each of the 23 plays the Group produced during its existence.
Night Over Taos was the only Anderson play the Group Theatre ever did. It told the story of Don Pablo Montoya, the last leader of the Spanish grandees in 1847 Taos, New Mexico. Montoya seeks to rally his people to defend their ranches and ancient way of life against the encroaching American government.
Montoya was played by J. Edward Bromberg. Luther Adler played his son, Fernando. Also in the large cast were Bobby Lewis, Sanford Meisner, Clifford Odets, and Stella Adler. Lee Strasberg directed. The production opened at the Forty-eighth Street Theatre on March 9, 1932 and ran only 13 performances.
A spokesman at the Actor's Studio said it was their "philosophy" not to reveal the cast of the reading beforehand. The reading begins at 7 PM at the Studio, at 432 W. 44th St. To make a reservation , call (212) 757-2467.
-- By Robert Simonson