Harris Doran, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Christy Carlson Romano, Keala Settle, Max Von Essen Set for Reading of Legend of Bobby Stone

Producer Aaron Grant has announced initial casting for Ben Andron's The Legend of Bobby Stone and the Good Feeling Hat, the first of three plays that Grant plans to present this summer as part of a new developmental reading series.

Keala Settle
Keala Settle

The July 1 at 2 PM reading will feature the talents of Harris Doran, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Julia Mattison, Christy Carlson Romano, Sam Seder, Keala Settle and Max Von Essen. Peter Scolari directs.

In The Legend of Bobby Stone, according to press notes, "a young television gossip reporter gets more than he bargained for when he interviews the notoriously crazy Bobby Stone, forcing him to interview the man and not the legend."

This is Grant’s second collaboration with Andron, the L.A.-based playwright who wrote White Lies, which Grant produced at New World Stages in 2010.

The reading series, cast by Daryl Eisenberg Casting, is meant to "foster new works by matching directors and casts with new plays at different stages of the development process," press notes state.

“The approach to each show is different,” stated Grant, who opened Aaron Grant Theatrical, Inc. in January. “I want this to be an annual series, a new play incubator, where artists can hear their work out loud and discover what works and what doesn’t work. You can only develop a show in a vacuum for so long. Theatre needs an audience.”

This reading (and all readings in the series) are open to the public. RSVP by e-mailing SummerReadings@theatrical.ag. Due to limited capacity, there will be no admittance without written confirmation.


The other shows in the series are Erik Shapiro's comedy You’re Really Not Helping, directed by Jeremy Scott Blaustein, which will be seen July 29, and Alex Rubin's dark romance First Love, directed by Andy Sandberg, which will be seen Aug. 19.