Scott Schwartz's My Ántonia Reading in D.C. Will Be a Family Affair

News   Scott Schwartz's My Ántonia Reading in D.C. Will Be a Family Affair Ford's Theatre will present a reading of the Scott Schwartz adaptation of Willa Cather's My Ántonia — with composer Stephen Schwartz, Scott's father on piano — 7 PM Jan. 30.

Scott Schwartz's mother, Carole Prandis, completes the family circle as she reads the role of the Grandmother in her son's play with music, inspired by the 1918 Cather novel.

David Muse, associate director of Shakespeare Theatre Company, directs.

Scott Schwartz's New York directing credits include Golda's Balcony, Bat Boy: The Musical and The Foreigner. Stephen Schwartz is the composer-lyricist known for Wicked, Pippin and Godspell. He penned incidental music for My Ántonia.

According to the D.C. theatrical institution, "Cather’s classic chronicles Bohemian immigrants and others on the Nebraska prairie in the 1880s and focuses on harsh realities and missed opportunities and romance as seen through the lives of Jim Burden, a young American boy, and Ántonia (An-toe-NEE-ah), a young girl from Bohemia."

The reading is part of Ford's 2005-2006 AT&T Services Reading Series, made possible by a grant from AT&T Services. The reading is free and open to the public. To reserve seats, call (202) 347-6262. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

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Ford's Theatre Society is a not-for-profit corporation created to produce live entertainment on Ford's historic stage. Paul R. Tetreault is producing director. It is the mission of the Ford's Theatre Society "to honor President Lincoln and his love for the theatre by producing plays and musicals that celebrate and explore the American experience as revealed by America's greatest theatre artists."

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