By Michael Gioia
and Andrew Gans
13 May 2013
|Photo by Simon Perry|
The reading, which is directed by Leigh Silverman, benefits TDF Open Doors (tdf.org/opendoors), a mentoring program co-founded by Ms. Wasserstein and Roy Harris that "matches dozens of distinguished theatre and dance professionals with small groups of high school students with no prior exposure to theatre."
The reading stars Celia Keenan-Bolger as Kate Quin, Ari Graynor as Samantha Stewart, Merritt Wever as Holly Caplan, Lisa Joyce as Muffet DiNicola, Aya Cash as Rita Altabel, Lisa Kron as Mrs. Plumm, Jenni Barber as Susie Friend, Tracee Chimo as Carter and Rachel Brosnahan as Leilah with Byron Jennings as The Male Voice and Melissa Ross as Narrator/ Stage Directions.
Brosnahan, currently seen on Broadway in The Big Knife, replaces the previously announced Cristin Milioti, who withdrew from the event due to a scheduling conflict.
The evening is produced by The Indigo Theatre Project (Nick Gereffi and Rachel Sussman, co-founding artistic directors), a theatre company that strives "to unite passion with purpose by producing high-profile readings of notable plays to benefit charities aligned with the work being read."
Theresa Lang Theatre at Marymount Manhattan College is located at 221 East 71st Street.
Tickets to the benefit reading are $60 and $100 (the latter includes premium seats and an invitation to a post-show reception alongside the cast and creative team). To purchase tickets, contact Ticket Central at www.ticketcentral.com or via phone at (212) 279-4200 between the hours of noon and 8 PM.