Lewis Black and Robert Sean Leonard Set for Pitching To The Star Reading at Williamstown

By Carey Purcell
August 1, 2013

The Williamstown Theatre Festival will present a benefit reading of Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies's Pitching To The Star



The one-night only event will be held Aug. 4 at 7:30 PM and will feature Lewis Black ("The Daily Show," "Inside the NFL," Black on Broadway) and Robert Sean Leonard (Pygmalion, "House," "Dead Poet's Society") re-visiting roles they originated 25 years ago. The reading will be directed by Jason McDowell-Green.

"Pitching To The Star glimpses behind the Hollywood glitz into the world of Peter Rosenthal, played by Leonard, an up-and-coming writer pitching his script (and blood, sweat, and tears) to a glamorous star, Dena Strawbridge," press notes state. "Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Lewis Black plays the idiosyncratic producer, Dick Feldman, who is in cahoots to change Rosenthal's script completely." 

The cast also will also feature Tina Benko (Hedda Gabler, "The Avengers") and Heather Lind (Pygmalion, "Boardwalk Empire"). 

Following the reading will be "The Perfect Pitch," a panel discussion about perfect (and not-so-perfect) Hollywood pitches. Industry experts will share their best (and worst) pitches along with tales of what goes on behind the closed doors of Tinseltown. The panel will feature Margulies, Black, Emmy Award-winning writer and lyricist Willie Reale (Johnny Baseball, A Year With Frog And Toad), and screenwriter and producer Jay Tarses ("The Muppets Take Manhattan," "The Bob Newhart Show," "The Carol Burnett Show," "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd").

Tickets and more information are available by calling (413) 597-3400 or visiting wtfestival.org.