Peccadillo artistic director Dan Wackerman will direct the invitation-only 3 PM reading of the play that centers on "the coming-of-age of a young girl struggling to understand adolescence and her emerging feelings of adulthood. Set in the South in 1944, the story focuses on Frankie Adams and her relationship with the family cook, Berenice Sadie Brown."
In addition to Ryan as Berenice Sadie Brown (in the role made famous by Ethel Waters) Hicks and de Shields (Prymate, Impressionism), the cast will also feature Lori Gardner, Frank Blocker, Ben Gibbons, Scott G. Morse, Novella Nelson, Georgia Osborne, Jessica Polsky and Emily Spires.
The Member of the Wedding, which McCullers based on her own novel, opened on Broadway in 1950. Harold Clurman directed the original production, which featured Ethel Waters, Julie Harris and Brandon De Wilde.