The Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a dysfunctional family headed by patriarch Dodge (Cooper) and matriarch Halie (played by Marianne Leone) will be seen in a free staged reading 7 PM Feb. 21 at the Wimberly Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston.
The play concerns the disintegration of the American Dream. The company includes Jared Craig as Vince, Kelby T. Akin as Tilden and Tom O'Keefe as Bradley.
Cooper won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for "Adaptation." He was recently seen in Julie Taymor's film "The Tempest."
There will be a wine and cheese reception with the cast and director immediately following the reading. Tickets for the reception are $20 and can be purchased at commshakes.org or by calling (617) 426-0863. Orders received by Feb. 18 will have a reserved seat at the reading as well as admittance to the reception. A limited number of reception tickets are available. Attending just the reading is free, and does not require a reservation.
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, best known for its annual free performances on Boston Common, "is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 dedicated to bringing the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary productions to the people of Boston."
In addition to the annual Boston Common production, the company offers a summer "Tour of the Parks," with a Shakespeare-inspired program designed for families as well as other Shakespeare-related programming throughout the year.
Previous productions include Othello, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Henry V, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar. For more information, visit www.commshakes.org.