The March 27 edition of the ongoing "Food for Thought" play reading series in Manhattan will feature Donna Murphy in An Interest in Life, by Grace Paley. Murphy won Tony Awards for The King and I and Passion. She was most recently seen on a New York stage in Encores!' Wonderful Town.
Paley is a sort of literary cult figure, a Greenwich Village habitue more know for her arch and brief short stories than for her plays. The novelist figure in Donald Margulies' Collected Stories was widely suspected to be modelled after Paley. The reading will also feature The Use of Force, by William Carlos Williams, starring Shawn Elliott.
The event, held at the National Arts Club off Gramercy Park in Manhattan at 1 PM, is part of a lunchtime series which began last fall with the new Tony Kushner play, East Coast Ode to Howard Jarvis.
The events include a discussion with the playwright and actors, as well as a gourmet box lunch. The cost is $27. Susan Charlotte, Harold Thau, Barry Minsky and Kenneth Martin in association with the National Arts Club produce.
Announced readings are as follows: • Tuesday, March 27, An Interest in Life, by Grace Paley, starring Donna Murphy, and The Use of Force, by William Carlos Williams, starring Shawn Elliott
• Wednesday, March 29: Day for Surprises and The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year, by John Guare, starring Ally Sheedy
Tickets for "Food For Thought: Lunch Hour Theatre" are available by calling (212) 362-2560 or consult www.showbusinessweekly.com/foodforthought/.
—By Robert Simonson