British playwright Arnold Wesker will read selections from his new book, "The Birth of Shylock and the Death of Zero Mostel," May 24, at 7:30 PM, at Manhattan Theatre Club (131 W. 55th Street). Wesker is the author of such plays as Chips with Everything, The Kitchen and I'm Talking About Jerusalem. "Shylock/Mostel" chronicles his attempts, in 1973, to pen a response to Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice starring Zero Mostel and directed by John Dexter.
The reading is part of MTC's "Writers in Performance" series. Tickets are $12. Call (212) 399-3030 for information.
-- By Robert Simonson