Stars in the House, the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, presents a reading of Charles Busch's The Confession of Lily Dare May 13 at 2 PM ET. The cast features Tony-nominated playwright Busch, plus Nancy Anderson (Sunset Boulevard), Christopher Borg (Judith of Bethulia), Tony nominee Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera, Anything Goes), Kendal Sparks (Judith of Bethulia), and Jennifer Van Dyck (Judith of Bethulia). Carl Andress directs. Watch the live stream above.
A comic melodrama, the play, seen Off-Broadway in January at the Cherry Lane, celebrates the gauzy “confession film” tearjerkers of early 1930s pre-code cinema, such as The Sin of Madelon Claudet, Frisco Jenny, and Madame X.
The reading is the latest presentation of the Plays in the House spinoff series, which continues every Saturday and Wednesday at 2 PM until Broadway reopens. Director-writer Peter Flynn serves as the online reading coordinator for Plays in the House. The stream will be available for limited viewing following the live stream.
Stars in the House, which launched March 16 with Tony winner Kelli O'Hara, promotes support for The Actors Fund and its services in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Wesley and Rudetsky are recipients of honorary Drama Desk Awards this year, recognizing their efforts to aid the theatre community.
New shows air daily at 2 PM and 8 PM ET, featuring performances by stars of stage and screen, in conversation and song with Rudetsky and Wesley. Streaming direction is by Peter Flynn. Click here to watch previous Stars in the House presentations.
The 8 PM live stream May 13 will feature Tony nominee Jennifer Simard (Company, Disaster!) and Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons).
As the situation surrounding the coronavirus outbreak continues to evolve, The Actors Fund will provide services online and via phone. These services include Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, The Career Center, Housing Resources, Addiction & Recovery, HIV/AIDS and Senior Services, Counseling and Emergency Financial Assistance, as well as The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.
To make a tax-deductible donation to The Actors Fund visit ActorsFund.org/Donate.