By Kenneth Jones
25 Sep 2012
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
The reading of the one-act play was not open to the public. These unique events are only open to the generous donors to Roundabout, the Manhattan not-for-profit that operates theatres on Broadway and Off-Broadway. Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt), who will direct Odets' The Big Knife for RTC on Broadway in the spring, directed Waiting for Lefty. (Coincidentally, Lincoln Center Theater is producing a fall Broadway revival of Odets' Golden Boy.)
The presentation at Off-Broadway's Laura Pels Theatre, where RTC is now offering the New York City premiere of Nick Payne's If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, featured Peter Jacobson, Pablo Schreiber, Maria Dizzia, Randall Newsome, Ben Rappaport, Rachel Brosnahan, Daniel Eric Gold, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Andrew Hovelson, Ray Virta, Liv Rooth, Morgan Spector, Stephen Kunken, Reed Birney, Darren Goldstein, Steven P. Nemphos, plus (playing "Strike Workers") Ross Cowan, Jordan Geiger, Jeremie Harris, Stephanie Lauren, Stephen O'Reilly, Alex Rice, Jason Silverman, Ryann Weir, Adam Weppler and Matt Wood.
James Fitzsimmons was stage manager. Alexander Greenfield was assistant director.
The play famously ends with news the Lefty has been shot, and the crowd shouts, "Strike! Strike! Strike!"