David Hare's critically acclaimed historical drama about the United States' path to war in Iraq, which ended its oft-extended run on June 25, will return for a one-night-only staged reading on Sept. 5, The New York Times reported.
The reading will take place at Central Park's Delacorte Theatre on Sept. 5. Tickets will be free and handed out on that day at both the Delacorte and the Public Theater's building on Lafayette Street in Manhattan.
The reading will feature much of the original cast, which included Jay O. Sanders as President George W. Bush; Byron Jennings as British Prime Minister Tony Blair; George Bartenieff as Hans Blix and Jack Straw; Jeffrey DeMunn as Donald Rumsfeld; Glenn Fleshler as George Tenet; Zach Grenier as Dick Cheney; Lameece Issaq as a Palestinian Academic; Peter Francis James as Colin Powell; Ken Marks as David Manning and Michael Gerson; David Pittu as Paul Wolfowitz and Sir Richard Dearlove; Gloria Reuben as Condoleezza Rice; Thomas Schall as Alastair Campbell and Jeremy Greenstock; Armand Schultz as Jonathan Powell and Robin Cook; Robert Sella as an Angry Journalist and Dominique De Villepin; Brenda Wehle as a New Labour Politician and Laura Bush; and Waleed F. Zuaiter as an Iraqi Exile and Trevor Mac.
The show officially opened at the Public Theater April 13, after previews from March 28, to some of the best reviews of the season. Before the opening, the play extended its run by four weeks to May 28. The initial run sold out. A further extension took it to June 25, making the production one of the most successful Off-Broadway ventures of the 2005-06 season.
The show's entire ensemble was awarded Drama Desk Awards, and stars Byron Jennings and Peter Francis James received Obie Awards.