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The complete cast for Corthron's Life by Asphyxiation will feature Hunter ("The Firm," "Saving Grace") as Katie; Ron Cephas Jones as Nat Turner; Wendell Pierce as Jojo; Kirk Bloodsworth, the first man exonerated from death row based on DNA evidence, as Warden; and Barry Scheck, the co-founder of the Innocence Project, reading stage directions.
Billed as Drama Club, the new series is curated by Jeremy McCarter. It will also Tony Kushner's Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy (Nov. 3) and Thornton Wilder's The Long Christmas Dinner (Dec. 10). Each presentation is at 7 PM.
The Public Forum was created to offer "theatre of ideas: conversations and performances with leading voices in politics, media, and the arts." In Drama Club, "authors, musicians, journalists, scholars, and actors will come together to give onstage readings of one-act plays that have some special resonance in our lives today. Each reading will conclude with a discussion of the hard questions that the play raises about our politics, our culture, and the way we live now."
Here's a look at the works:
Kushner's Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy will feature Rachel Maddow and Elizabeth Marvel. "In this timely, provocative 2003 play, First Lady Laura Bush reads a passage from Dostoyevsky to Iraqi children who were killed in American air strikes. Afterwards, the cast will discuss the morality of U.S. foreign policy and the extent to which we share responsibility for our leaders' actions."
Wilder's classic 1931 one-act The Long Christmas Dinner "will be read and discussed by actor/playwright Lisa Kron; media theorist Douglas Rushkoff; Thornton Wilder’s nephew and literary executor, Tappan Wilder; Anne-Marie Slaughter, the president and CEO of the New America Foundation and author of the recent cover story in The Atlantic about trying to have it all; her son, Edward Moravcsik; and more. Wilder's ingenious, heartbreaking play traces 90 years in the life of an American family, and will spark a discussion about family and storytelling in a society that’s rapidly accelerating.