Julie Halston, Patrick Kerr and More Set for Free Industry Readings of Jonathan Kravetz's The Beast in My Pants

The Wild Root Company, a New York City-based production endeavor committed to the development of new work from emerging playwrights and screenwriters, will present two industry readings of playwright Jonathan Kravetz's farce The Beast in My Pants.

The free readings, held April 17 at 3 PM and 8 PM at The Creative Center at Manhattan Theatre Club, will be directed by Jessi D. Hill (associate artistic director of terraNOVA Collective) and produced by Sean Hudock.

The cast will feature three-time Drama Desk nominee Julie Halston ( The Divine Sister, Twentieth Century, Anything Goes), Patrick Kerr ( Stage Kiss at Playwrights Horizons, Broadway's The Ritz), Chris Dinolfo ( The Normal Heart at Arena Stage), Jay Leibowitz ( The Acting Company), Jennifer Diaz and Elaine Stenson.

The Beast in My Pants, according to press notes, "is an exhilarating new comedy that follows the romantic vicissitudes of six outrageous characters: Marlon, an innocent flasher, who loves Pam; she loves the arrogant psychotherapist Adam Applebaum, because she can only love a genius. Applebaum loves Steve, the cop, who wants to win his wife's affections. But Flame, Steve’s wife, can only love men who don’t respect her. Marlon's mother, the homicidal Mrs. Rivington tries to protect her son from the world. The Beast rules all."

Kravetz's other works include Prayer (Nouveau 47), Better Lucky Than Smart (Manhattan Theatre Source) and Insomnia, a 2013 semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. He is a founding member of the Writers Forum at Manhattan Theatre Source.

The Creative Center at Manhattan Theater Club is located at 311 West 43rd Street. Industry folk who wish to attend may contact wildrootcompany@gmail.com or visit WildRoot.org for reservations.