Staged Reading of New Play Absence, Featuring Olympia Dukakis, Sebastian Arcelus and Stephanie Kurtzuba, Held Jan. 5

New Jersey's South Orange Performing Arts Center presents a one-night-only reading of Peter M. Floyd's new play Absence, featuring Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, Jan. 5, 2014, at 7 PM. 

Sebastian Arcelus
Sebastian Arcelus

Directed by Margaret Whitton, the reading features Dukakis ( Rose, "Moonstruck" ) as well as Sebastian Arcelus ( A Time to Kill, "House of Cards"), Jenny Bacon ( My Name is Asher Lev), Kendra Jain ("New Year's Eve," "Our Boys"), Stephanie Kurtzuba ( Billy Elliot, "The Wolf of Wall Street") and Dan Ziskie ( After the Fall, "Treme").

Here's how the event is billed: "In Absence, an excitingly theatrical play about aging, power, grace and imagination, Olympia Dukakis plays Helen, an iron-willed woman who suffers from memory loss. As her sense of self dissolves with her memories, she struggles to find meaning in her new existence."

The performance is followed by a discussion with the playwright, cast and creative team.

"Midtown Direct Rep is thrilled and honored that Olympia Dukakis, an actress of unmatched stature, will join MDR company members, guest actors, and director Margaret Whitton in helping to launch this important new American play,” MDR artistic producer Steven Tabakin said in a previous statement. "We're indebted to Peter M. Floyd for such a beautiful piece of writing, and we are excited that our audience at SOPAC will be among the first to be exposed to this extraordinary new work."

Emily Bauer reads stage directions, and James Latus is the stage manager.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (973) 313-2787 or visiting