Alec Baldwin, Scott Adsit, James Rado Will Read Hamlet to Benefit New NYC Troupe

News   Alec Baldwin, Scott Adsit, James Rado Will Read Hamlet to Benefit New NYC Troupe
Alec Baldwin will play Claudius in a Nov. 19 Manhattan staged reading of Shakespeare's Hamlet to help raise funds for a new theatre company called Fundamental Theater Project, founded by actors Sam Underwood and Nicola Murphy.

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This reading will mark a reunion collaboration of Baldwin and Underwood following their recent production of Equus at Guild Hall in East Hampton this past summer. The production was directed by Tony Walton, and received strong reviews. Equus playwright Peter Shaffer, who also collaborated Equus, serves as honorary patron for FTP.

Underwood will play the Melancholy Dane. Hamlet will also feature Emmy Award winner Baldwin's "30 Rock" co-star Scott Adsit (Grave Digger), Hair's co-creator James Rado (The Ghost) and NYSCA's theatre program director Robert Zukerman (Polonius). The remaining cast members will be announced shortly.

Fundamental Theater Project "is dedicated to creating a transatlantic theater community that challenges and nurtures the growth and development of our artists through exploration of a wide range of material, both classic and contemporary, plays and musicals, at all scales of production."

FTP recently presented its first Off-Broadway production, the U.S. premiere of Gary Duggan's Trans-Euro Express at Irish Arts Center.

The troupe offers a bi-weekly "Think-Tank" table reading series, a "Play and a Pint!" staged readings and classes through the Fundamental Academy. FTP "looks to cultivate artists by providing opportunities to hone their craft in collaborations with established industry professionals." FTP's reading of Hamlet will be held Nov. 19 at 7 PM at The Irish Arts Center, located at 553 W. 51st Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. There will also be a post-show cocktail party to follow with an opportunity to learn more about FTP and their goals as a company.

Proceeds will benefit FTP's first international endeavor to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next summer.

Tax-deductible donations of $150 for general seating and $250 for premium seating gains admittance and entry to the reception to follow.

Premium ticket holders will also receive a signed playbill from the cast. Seating is limited. For reservations contact or call 646-326-2087. For more information, visit

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