Reed Birney and Nikki M. James To Star in Nude Study New Play Reading at MTC Studios

Tony nominee Reed Birney (Casa Valentina) and Tony Winner Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon, Les Misérables) will star in a reading of Ken Kaissar's new play Nude Study at Manhattan Theatre Club Studios June 20.

Nikki M. James
Nikki M. James (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

Evan T. Cummings directs the new piece. Joining James and Birney are Deirdre O'Connell (Magic/Bird), Lisa Joyce (La Bête) and Tobias Segal (The Miracle Worker).

The play is billed as, "the story of Hughie Lark, a painter whose entire oeuvre is made up of female nudes. His world is rocked when a young woman, who he initially assumes is his new art model, claims that she is his biological daughter. Hughie finds himself defending his identity, his work and his relationships."

Playwright Kaissar was a runner-up for the 2009 Princess Grace Award, and has had worked developed or honored at the Lark, Ashland New Plays Festival, Fusion Theatre Company and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

The reading takes place at the Manhattan Theatre Club Studios (311 W. 43rd Street, Floor 8) June 20 at 2 PM. Admission is free; for reservations, please contact