Benefit Reading of King Lear to Star Jeffrey DeMunn, Bebe Neuwirth and Darrell Hammond

By Adam Hetrick
July 2, 2012

Jeffrey DeMunn, Bebe Neuwirth and Darrell Hammond will take part in a benefit reading of King Lear for the Frog and Peach Theatre Company July 9 at the Player's Club.



Frog and Peach artistic director Lynnea Benson will direct the 80-minute presentation that will begin at 7:30 PM. It will feature a score by King Crimson and Foreigner's Ian McDonald, who will also perform the original music that evening.

DeMunn ("The Walking Dead") will star as King Lear with Neuwirth (Chicago, The Addams Family) as Goneril and Hammond ("Saturday Night Live") as Edgar.

The cast will also include Rich Sommer ("Mad Men") as Fool, Wrenn Schmidt ("Boardwalk Empire") as Cordelia, Ted Zurkowski ("Boys on the Side") as Edmund, John Rothman ("Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter") as Kent, Peter Gerety ("Public Enemies") as Gloucester, David Wohl ("Saving Private Ryan") as Albany, Amy Frances Quint ("Radio Deluxembourg") as Regan, Eric Doss ("Love Songs") as France, Ryan Tramont ("The Hurt Locker") as Oswald, Erick Gonzalez (Two Gentlemen of Verona) as Cornwall and Jack Sochet (A Midsummer Night's Dream) as Burgundy.

The gala presentation will support the Frog and Peach production of Taming of the Shrew, which will run Oct. 11-Nov. 4 at The West End Theatre.

Tickets are $99 in advance and $149 at the door. Visit smarttix.com or phone (212) 868-4444. The Players Club is located at 16 Gramercy Park South.