Tony Winner Elaine Stritch Set for White's Lies Reading

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Tony Award winner Elaine Stritch will star in a private reading of the new Ben Andron comedy White's Lies Sept. 24 at the Snapple Theatre Center.

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Bob Cline directs the 3 PM reading that will also feature cast members Jimmy Bennett (Illyria), Jason Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Rena Strober (Fiddler on the Roof). Aaron Grant and Kelvin Productions produce.

Producer Aaron Grant told Playbill.com that Andron penned the role with Stritch in mind, and producers are currently aiming for a spring 2010 Off-Broadway premiere. Casting negotiations are currently underway.

According to White's Lies press notes, "Joe White’s got it all. He’s handsome, he’s charming, he’s got a great career & a killer smile that manages to land him a different girl every night. But all that changes when his mother drops a bombshell on him: she’s got cancer & her dying wish is to have a grandchild. With his bachelorhood threatened, Joe is faced with a choice. He could give up his womanizing ways and find a nice girl to settle down and have kids with... OR... he could convince his bitter, angry ex-girlfriend from college – who just happens to have a daughter in her early twenties – to pretend that her daughter is his daughter. As their tangled web of lies unravels, Joe and company find themselves on a hilarious journey full of unexpected twists and turns that will have you looking at cancer and commitment in a whole new way!"

Stritch dazzled audiences in her Tony, Drama Desk and Emmy Award-winning autobiographical tour de force Elaine Stritch at Liberty – an evening she has reprised to international acclaim. Her career also includes her creation of Joanne in Company as well as roles in The Little Foxes, Bus Stop, A Delicate Balance, Sail Away and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Stritch most recently starred in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of The Full Monty and Endgame at BAM.

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