The Obie-winning Off-Broadway company Clubbed Thumb continues its month-long Summerworks festival on May 18 and 19 with a series of four free play readings. The event take places at the Ohio Theatre on Wooster Street in Soho.
The reading series will feature several new works in development, starting with Cafe Society by Robert Simonson (May 18 at 1 PM), directed by Brendan Hughes, starring Jeanine Serrales, Juliet Gowing, Irene Daly, Jason Lindner, John Edward O'Brien, Rodney Raftery, Marni Young, Derek Lucci, Matthew Humphries and Ron McClary. This will be followed by new works by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (May 18 at 3 PM), Alison Tatlock (May 19 at 1 PM) and Ann Marie Healy (May 19 at 3 PM). Admission for this series is free.
The New York premiere of Red Death kicked off the seventh annual Summerworks festival of new plays.
Lisa D'Amour's twenty-first century riff on Edgar Allen Poe's "The Masque of Red Death" is a comic thriller that concerns a kindergarten teacher and certified lifeguard who travels the globe in search of a powerful magnate, his wife and their daughter. Anne Kauffman directs this tale, which began May 3 at Off-Broadway's Ohio Theater will run through May 25.
The cast of Red Death includes Mel Jurdem, Meghan Love, John McAdams, Obie-winner Mary Schultz, Maria Striar and Joel Van Liew. The 2002 Summerworks series will also included two "second stage" productions: Erin Courtney's Demon Baby, which played May 6 through May 9, and The Typographer's Dream, which ran May 13 through May 16.
Founded in 1996, the Obie-winning Clubbed Thumb has become one of the city's leading theatre companies devoted to developing and producing new plays. The Ohio Theater is located at 66 Wooster Street, between Spring and Broome streets. Tickets for Red Death are priced at $15 and are available by phoning (212) 206-1515. For more information, visit www.ClubbedThumb.org.
—By Andrew Gans