Sara Ramirez and Keith David Star in Non-Traditional Desire Under The Elms Reading

News   Sara Ramirez and Keith David Star in Non-Traditional Desire Under The Elms Reading Tony Award winner Sara Ramirez and Tony nominee Keith David will star in a Vineyard Theatre reading of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under The Elms featuring a mostly African-American cast, July 11.

Benny Sato Ambush directs his newly-conceived take on the classic drama July 11 at 7 PM at the Classic Stage Company space.

The one-night-only event stars Ramirez (Spamalot) and David (Jelly's Last Jam, Seven Guitars) in a cast that also features Duane Boutté (Parade), Leland Gantt (Ma Rainey'S Black Bottom), Johnny Lee Davenport and others to be announced.  

Ambush sets the play in "1850's Rhode Island on a farm owned by the rigid, pious and lonely Ephraim Cabot — a dark-skinned black man," according to production notes.

Ramirez came to her new Tony Award-winning turn in Monty Python's Spamalor having performed on Broadway in A Class Act, Fascinating Rhythm and The Capeman. She also appeared in the benefit concert of Dreamgirls and on television in "Hotel Project," "Baseball Wives," "NYPD Blue," "Law & Order: SVU," "Third Watch," and "Spin City." Her official website is online at www.SaraRamirez.com.

David earned his Tony nomination for his role in Jelly's Last Jam. The actor — known for his film turns in "Platoon," "Clockers," "Armageddon" and "There's Something About Mary" — also starred on Broadway in August Wilson's Seven Guitars and Off-Broadway in the title role of Othello. He has also provided his voice for the animated series "Aladdin" and film "Hercules." Reservations for the free reading (seating is limited) of Desire Under The Elms at Classic Stage Company, 136 East 13th Street, can be made by contacting Sarah Stern at sstern@vineyardtheatre.org or calling (212) 353-3366 x 215.