Stephen Bogardus, Santino Fontana, Kathleen McNeeny Set for Acting Company Reading of Charley's Aunt

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06 Dec 2011

Stephen Bogardus
Stephen Bogardus

The Acting Company will present a benefit staged reading of Brandon Thomas' Charley's Aunt Dec. 12 at 7 PM at the Mainstage Theater (Playwrights Horizons).

Directed by Ian Belknap, The Acting Company's associate artistic director, the cast will feature Stephen Bogardus (Falsettos), Santino Fontana (Importance of Being Earnest), Kathleen McNeeny (upcoming Death of a Salesman), Liv Rooth (Blood and Gifts), Kelley Curran (Angels in America), Chad Hoeppner (Come Back Little Sheba, Butley) and veteran actor-director Casey Biggs (HBO's "Too Big to Fall," Showtime's "Shameless").

Charley's Aunt is described as "a comedic masterpiece of love, mistaken identity and men in skirts! Jack and Charley invite their girlfriends to Oxford-properly chaperoned, of course, by Charley's wealthy aunt. When the aunt's arrival is delayed, Lord Fancourt Babberly is enlisted to masquerade in her stead. Of course the real aunt finally arrives and it isn't long before misunderstandings spiral out of control."

The reading will be followed by a reception with the cast and director.

Mainstage Theater is located at 416 West 42nd Street. For tickets, priced $35, call (212) 258-3111.

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The Acting Company will begin its 39th national tour in January 2012 at the Guthrie Theater and will play New York's Baruch Performing Arts Center in April presenting Julius Caesar, a new production directed by Rob Melrose of San Francisco's Cutting Ball Theater, and The Comedy of Errors, directed by Ian Belknap. Founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley in 1972, The Acting Company has toured to 49 states and 10 foreign countries, earning a Tony for Excellence in Theater, Obies, Audelcos and Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards.