Pearl Theatre Company to Present Benefit Reading of Coward's Tonight at 8:30 in August

News   Pearl Theatre Company to Present Benefit Reading of Coward's Tonight at 8:30 in August The Pearl Theatre Company, which has presented classic plays out of its Off Broadway space for 21 years, will launch its 22nd season with a series of benefit readings by its resident acting company of Noël Coward’s short play cycle Tonight at 8:30 (1936).
Noel Coward
Noel Coward

The cycle, made up of nine one-acts—of which three were performed each night when the show premiered in 1936—is best known for having produced Still Life, the play about civilized adultery that became the hit film "Brief Encounter." It was also one of only two plays to have featured the famous duo of Coward and Gertrude Lawrence. Performances take place at Theatre 80 located at 80 St. Marks Place in New York’s East Village.

The Pearl Theatre Company’s 2005-2006 company includes Rachel Botchan, Robin Leslie Brown, Joanne Camp, Dominic Cuskern, Dan Daily, Robert Hock, Sean McNall, Anna Minot, Carol Schultz, Edward Seamon, and Scott Whitehurst. Directors Robin Leslie Brown, Joanne Camp, Dan Daily and Matt Schicker.

The schedule of the benefits is as scheduled:

• Monday, Aug. 15 at 2 PM and 7 PM: Part I—We Were Dancing, The Astonished Heart, and “Red Peppers”
• Monday, Aug. 22 at 2 PM and 7 PM: Part II—Hands Across the Sea, Fumed Oak, and Shadow Play
• Monday, Aug. 29 at 2 PM and 7 PM: Part III—Ways and Means, Still Life, and Family Album.

Tickets are $100 for the entire series (one ticket to each performance, matinee or evening), and $40 for one ticket to any single performance. For reservations, call (212) 598-9802.

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