Dirden, Alladin, Smith and Gregory to Read The Breach at the Public Theater

News   Dirden, Alladin, Smith and Gregory to Read The Breach at the Public Theater
The Public Theater has announced casting for its one-night-only reading of The Breach, which will be presented Sept. 22.

Set to read the collaborative work penned by playwrights Catherine Filloux, Tarell Alvin McCraney and Joe Sutton are Reg E. Cathey (Blue Door), Jason Dirden (The First Breeze of Summer), Opal Alladin (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Kimberly Hebert Gregory ("Gossip Girl"), William Sadler (Julius Caesar) and Brian J. Smith (Three Changes).

Inspired by the aftermath of hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans, The Breach comprises "three unique and separate stories from those who survived the storm," according to press notes. "In its exploration of the impacts of Katrina, this powerful and surreal play taps the conspiracy theories, loss and nascent hope of this devastated American region."

The free 7 PM reading will be followed by a post-show discussion with New York Daily News journalist Nicole Bode; Robert Carey, vice president of the International Rescue Committee's Resettlement Department; and Lee Clarke, author of "Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination." Larry Blumenfeld will moderate the discussion.

Tarell Alvin McCraney's latest play, Wig Out!, is currently playing the Vineyard Theatre. His works also include The Brothers Size; In The Red and Brown Water; Marcus: Or the Secret of Sweet; Without/Sin; Run Mourner, Run; A Taurian Tale; and Promise Not to Tell.

Joe Sutton is the playwright of The Predator's Ball, Voir Dire, As It Is in Heaven, The Benefits of Doubt, Black Market, The Third Army, Special Interests, Restoring the Sun and Enough is Enough. Catherine Filloux has penned Killing the Boss, Lemkin's House, The Beauty Inside, Eyes of the Heart, Silence of God, Mary and Myra, Arthur's War, Photographs From S-21 and Escuela del Mundo. Her work also includes the librettos for the operas The Floating Box: A Story in Chinatown and Where Elephants Weep.

For free tickets to The Breach, e-mail thebreach@publictheater.org or phone (212) 539-8597. All reservations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street.

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