Busch replaced the previously announced Tyne Daly in the reading, which also features the talents of Annie Golden, George S. Irving, Janine LaManna, Mary Beth Peil, Gareth Saxe and Louis Zorich. Michael Riedel hosts the 7 PM performance. Jitta's Atonement, which is set in 1920 Vienna, is described as such: "A forbidden romance and its consequences. [Charles Busch] stars as Jitta in a presentation of this rarely heard play. Loosely translated from a Viennese play by Siegfried Trebitsch, the 'atonement' isn't particularly profound but the wicked fun is."
The Project Shaw series is produced and directed by David Staller, who acted with Dana Ivey in Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession at the Irish Repertory Theatre. The series intends to offer every sketch, full-length and one-act play by the late playwright.
Past participants include Blair Brown, Mark Kudisch, Kerry Butler, Tyne Daly, Jonathan Hadary, Daniel Jenkins, Rebecca Luker, Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba, Michele Pawk, Bruce Vilanch, Jack Gilpin and George S. Irving.
Also scheduled for the 2008 Project Shaw season is Saint Joan (Dec. 22).
Project Shaw will continue in 2009 with Dark Lady of the Sonnets (Jan. 19), Boyant Billions (Feb. 16), GTG Benefit with O'Flaherty V.C. (March 16), Inca of Perusalem (April 20), Glimpse of Reality/The Man of Destiny (May 18), Six of Calais/Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles (June 15), Mrs. Warren's Profession (July 20), Back to Methuselah (Part One) (Sept. 21), Back to Methuselah (Part Two) (Oct. 19), On the Rocks (Nov. 16) and Why She Would Not (Dec. 14).
The Players Club is located in Manhattan at 16 Gramercy Park South. Tickets, priced $20, are available by calling (212) 352-3101. For more information visit www.projectshaw.com.