Ari Graynor Will Join Celia Keenan-Bolger, Cristin Milioti for Benefit Reading of Uncommon Women and Others
By Michael Gioia
Ari Graynor, last seen on Broadway in The Performers, has joined the cast of the one-night-only reading of Wendy Wasserstein's Uncommon Women and Others, which will be presented May 13 at 8 PM in the Theresa Lang Theatre at Marymount Manhattan College, home of the landmark original Phoenix Theatre production of the late Wasserstein's play in 1977.
The reading, which will be directed by Leigh Silverman, will benefit TDF Open Doors (tdf.org/opendoors), a mentoring program co-founded by Ms. Wasserstein and Roy Harris that "matches dozens of distinguished theatre and dance professionals with small groups of high school students with no prior exposure to theatre."
The reading will star Celia Keenan-Bolger as Kate Quin, Graynor as Samantha Stewart, Merritt Wever as Holly Caplan, Lisa Joyce as Muffet DiNicola, Aya Cash as Rita Altabel, Lisa Kron as Mrs. Plumm, Jenni Barber as Susie Friend, Tracee Chimo as Carter and Cristin Milioti as Leilah with Byron Jennings as The Male Voice and Melissa Ross as Narrator/ Stage Directions.
Graynor replaces the previously announced Laura Benanti, withdrawed from the event due to a scheduling conflict.
Set amidst the second-wave feminist movement of the 1970s, Uncommon Women and Others, according to press notes, "follows the lives, loves, and losses of a close-knit circle of friends at Mount Holyoke College (itself Wasserstein’s own alma matter.) As the women reunite six years after graduation, the story flashes back to the seminal moments in their lives as classmates to examine what inspired them, what affected them, and ultimately what shaped them."
The evening is produced by The Indigo Theatre Project (Nick Gereffi and Rachel Sussman, co-founding artistic directors), a theatre company that strives "to unite passion with purpose by producing high-profile readings of notable plays to benefit charities aligned with the work being read."
Theresa Lang Theatre at Marymount Manhattan College is located at 221 East 71st Street.
Tickets to the benefit reading are $60 and $100 (the latter includes premium seats and an invitation to a post-show reception alongside the cast and creative team). To purchase tickets, contact Ticket Central online 24 hours a day at www.ticketcentral.com or via phone at (212) 279-4200 between the hours of noon and 8 PM.
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