Aylesworth, Cohen and Guirgis to Read Rosenfeld's Handball for New Group

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Reiko Aylesworth, Scott Cohen and Stephen Adly Guirgis are among those who will be part of The New Group's Jan. 8 reading of Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's Handball.

Part of the company's New Group/New Works series, the reading will be directed by associate artistic director Ian Morgan at 7 PM at the Studio Theatre in Theatre Row.

From the writer of Everythings Turning into Beautiful, which New Group previously presented, comes an ensemble piece that "looks at the gentrification of a neighborhood through its effects on the people with the biggest stake in it: those that live there," according to New Group. The work is billed as "a very current yet perennial New York story."

The cast will feature Reiko Aylesworth ("24," Expats), Carlton Byrd, Scott Cohen (Losing Louie, "Kissing Jessica Stein"), Stephen Adly Guirgis (Guinea Pig Solo, "Palindromes"), Rene Rosado, Felix Solis (School of the Americas), Luis Vega (Till the Break of Dawn), Dreama Walker and Charles Weldon (Seven Guitars). (Guirgis is also the playwright of Jesus Hopped the A Train, Our Lady of 121st Street and more.)

Director Morgan recently staged the world premiere of Bernard Weinraub's The Accomplices for the company. He also heads the New Group/New Works play development program and The New Group (naked) second stage series. Other credits include Critical Darling and A Spalding Gray Matter (New Group), Progress (Immigrants Theatre Project at HERE), Ham Lake (Soho Playhouse), Ethnic Cleansing Day (Production Company at the Kraine Theatre) and plays by Candido Tirado and Adam Rapp (24 Hour Plays).

The New Group's new season will continue with artistic director Scott Elliott staging Mike Leigh's Two Thousand Years, featuring Natasha Lyonne and Richard Masur (starting Jan. 15); and Mark Brokaw staging Kevin Elyot's Mouth to Mouth (May). Tickets for shows at The New Group at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street (between Ninth and Tenth Ave.), are on sale by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information visit thenewgroup.org.

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