Hare will join Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis for a post-show discussion with the audience following the reading. Tickets for the one-night-only reading will be free and handed out on that day at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 1 PM and at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street (near Astor Place), from 1 PM to 3 PM.
Hare's critically acclaimed historical drama about the United States' path to war in Iraq ended its oft-extended run at The Public downtown on June 25.
The reading will feature much of the original cast, including Jay O. Sanders as President George W. Bush; George Bartenieff as Hans Blix and Jack Straw; Glenn Fleshler as George Tenet; Zach Grenier as Dick Cheney; Lameece Issaq as a Palestinian Academic; Peter Francis James as Colin Powell; Ken Marks as David Manning and Michael Gerson; David Pittu as Paul Wolfowitz and Sir Richard Dearlove; Gloria Reuben as Condoleezza Rice; Thomas Schall as Alastair Campbell and Jeremy Greenstock; Robert Sella as an Angry Journalist and Dominique De Villepin; Brenda Wehle as a New Labour Politician and Laura Bush; and Waleed F. Zuaiter as an Iraqi Exile and Trevor Mac.
Also in the cast are Reed Birney as Prime Minister Tony Blair, Larry Pine as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Tony Carlin as Jonathan Powell and Robin Cook. The three actors joined the Off-Broadway production midway through its run.
The show officially opened at the Public Theater April 13, after previews from March 28, to some of the best reviews of the season. Before the opening, the play extended its run by four weeks to May 28. The initial run sold out. A further extension took it to June 25, making the production one of the most successful Off-Broadway ventures of the 2005-06 season.