John Cariani Will Play Ellery Queen in NYC Reading of Calamity Town; Casting Announced

Tony Award nominee John Cariani (Fiddler on the Roof) will play detective Ellery Queen in a reading of Joseph Goodrich's play Calamity Town, inspired by Queen's 1942 mystery novel, Jan. 29 at New Dramatists in Manhattan.

Daniel Winerman will direct the 6 PM reading. Goodrich is an alumni playwright of New Dramatists. His plays are Captain 11, Smoke and Mirrors, Panic and an adaptation of Medea, among others. The Calamity Town cast will also include Farah Alvin, Jeffrey M. Bender, Stephen C. Bradbury, Julia Coffey, Katie Northlich, Jim Stanek, Dan Truman and Jennifer Dorr White.

"Escaping the glare and grime of summer in Manhattan, Ellery Queen, the celebrated novelist and gentleman detective, arrives in the small New England town of Wrightsville looking for a quiet place to write a new book," according to note. "Ellery finds himself personally and professionally drawn into a web of deceit, madness and murder."

New Dramatists is at 424 W. 44th Street. Call (212) 757-6960 for reservations.