Brian Kerwin, Bobby Steggert, Penny Fuller, Virginia Kull, Claybourne Elder Star in Dec. 10 Pterodactyls Reading

By Kenneth Jones
10 Dec 2012

Claybourne Elder
Claybourne Elder
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Vineyard Theatre's Dec. 10 benefit reading of Nicky Silver's Pterodactyls, a standout title from the not-for-profit's 30 years of producing, stars Emmy Award winner Penny Fuller, Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert, Brian Kerwin, Virginia Kull and Claybourne Elder. Proceeds will nourish The Vineyard's 2012-13 productions and programs.

The 7 PM presentation is part of Vineyard's series of one-night-only readings of notable plays from its acclaimed history in celebration of the Off-Broadway company's 30th anniversary. Pterodactyls was produced in 1993. Trip Cullman (Murder Ballad) directs.

"One of the first plays on the American stage to deal with a family's response to the AIDS epidemic," according to Vineyard notes, Pterodactyls was the winner of both the Kesselring and Oppenheimer Awards. It was the first play of nine by Silver presented by The Vineyard. The others are Raised in Captivity (1995), My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine (1997), The Maiden's Prayer (1998), Eros Trilogy (1999), The Altruists (1999), Beautiful Child (2004), The Agony and the Agony (2006) and The Lyons (2011).

The absurdist black comedy about the demise of the Duncan family, "and, by extension, the species," Pterodactyls features Fuller (The Dinner Party, Applause) as Duncan family matriarch Grace; Steggert (Ragtime, Giant) as son Todd; Kull (The Heiress) as daughter Emma; Elder (Bonnie & Clyde) as Emma's fiancé Tommy; and Kerwin (August: Osage County) as father Arthur.



The reading will be seen at Vineyard's home at 108 E. 15 St., between Irving Place and Union Square East.

Tickets for the one-night-only reading of Pterodactyls are priced at $75 (which includes a pre-show toast in the Vineyard lobby) and are available by calling The Vineyard box office at (212) 353-0303, or online at vineyardtheatre.org.

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Vineyard is dedicated to new plays and musicals. Douglas Aibel is artistic director; Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell is executive producer; Sarah Stern is co-artistic director; and Michael Page is general manager.