Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, along with award-winning actors Laura Linney, Ethan Hawke, Bobby Cannavale and Elizabeth Rodriguez, are taking part in an April 24 reading of the new play Texas Red as a benefit for Off-Broadway's Labyrinth Theater Company’s new play development programs.
Company member Jonathan Marc Sherman’s drama is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov's classic The Cherry Orchard, with the action transposed to the American West.
Also among Labyrinth company members announced to take part in the reading: Chris Chalk, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Portia, Yul Vázquez and guest artists Paul Dano, Maya Hawke and Zoe Kazan.
Hawke said, “A few years ago, I did a production of The Cherry Orchard as part of the Bridge Project, which Richard Linklater and Jonathan Marc Sherman came to see. That night, we got into a long conversation about how exciting it would be to do a film adaptation, set in modern day Texas. So often in Chekhov, the issues of race and class are lost on American audiences unable to fully grasp the nuances of Russian culture, and there is no play where Russia’s history of serfdom is more potent than in The Cherry Orchard. Jonathan set about writing an adaptation that would make these themes come alive for a modern audience. Our dream is that one day this will be a film. We are inviting you to witness the beginning of our journey.”
Sherman's plays include Clive, Knickerbocker, Things We Want, Evolution, Wonderful Time, Sons & Fathers, Sophistry, Veins & Thumbtacks, Jesus on the Oil Tank and Serendipity & Serenity.
The reading takes place at 5 PM April 24 at Bank Street Theater, 155 Bank Street in Manhattan. Tickets cost $500 and can be purchased by visiting Labtheater.org or by calling (212) 513-1080. Ticket includes a post-reading talk back and reception with the cast.