Tony Winner Naughton to Star in Reading of Testosterone

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Two-time Tony Award winner James Naughton — Chicago and City of Angels — will star in a by-invitation-only reading of Hal Ackerman's Testosterone next month in Manhattan.
James Naughton
James Naughton

The Aug. 6 reading at the SoHo Playhouse will also feature John Bedford Lloyd, Kathleen McNenny and Jill Usden. Show time is 4 PM.

Anne Keefe will direct the reading of Testosterone, which is described in press notes as such: "A divorced single parent in his 50's is diagnosed with prostate cancer at the most inconvenient time for him, just when he has begun a passionate romance with a woman who just might be the right one for him. To avoid surgery he elects a less invasive treatment, whose one 'minor' side effect is that it renders him a chemical eunuch for a year.

"The comedy and drama derive from the circumstance of a man having to execute all his iconic male roles — father, son, lover, friend, ex-husband, teacher, writer, human – only now from the point of view of a man facing his mortality and, worse, with no sex drive. At the core of the play is the serious question: What does it mean to be a man when the thing that defines manhood is gone?"

James Naughton won Tony Awards for his performances in City of Angels and the revival of Chicago and a MAC Award for his cabaret evening, "James Naughton: Street of Dreams." He directed the Broadway revivals of Our Town and The Price, and his screen credits include "Brooklyn Bridge," "The Cosby Mysteries," "Ally McBeal," "The Devil Wears Prada," "The Good Mother," "The Glass Menagerie" and "The Paper Chase."

The SoHo Playhouse is located in Manhattan at 15 Vandam Street. Industry folk interested in attending the reading should e-mail testosteronetheplay@gmail.com.

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