F. Murray Abraham, David Garrison, Taylor Mac Will Read Plays by Milan Kundera and Salman Rushdie for CSC

News   F. Murray Abraham, David Garrison, Taylor Mac Will Read Plays by Milan Kundera and Salman Rushdie for CSC
Off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company (CSC) will explore stage works by Milan Kundera and Salman Rushdie, who are better known as novelists, in its fall Books On Stage Reading Series. F. Murray Abraham, Lynn Cohen, Taylor Mac, Roberta Maxwell and more will perform.

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The program will offer the plays in a staged reading format.

On Sept. 27, CSC will present Kundera's play Jacques and His Master, adapted from Diderot, featuring F. Murray Abraham and directed by CSC artistic director Brian Kulick.

The play is based on Diderot's 1790s novel ''Jacques le Fataliste'' and is a theatrical homage to that author.

According to CSC, "Join Jacques and his Master, the 18th century's answer to Beckett's Didi and Gogo, as they make their way through the countryside, passing the time by telling all manner of tales: tall, long and shaggy — you name it, they have a story."

In addition to Abraham, the cast includes Lynn Cohen, Adam Driver, David Garrison, Philip Goodwin, Roberta Maxwell, KK Moggie, Steven Rattazzi, Tara Schoch Frederickson and Elisabeth Waterston. On Oct. 4, CSC will present Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie, based on his children's book, featuring Taylor Mac, directed by Rachel Chavkin. Tim Supple and David Tushingham adapted Rushdie's novel "Haroun and the Sea Stories" for the stage in 1998, eight years after the publication of the Rushdie's children's book.

"What's the use of stories that aren't even true?" According to CSC, that's a question that author Salman Rushdie answers "in this fantastical adventure that began as a series of bathtime stories the author told his young son, Zafar. Join Haroun and his storytelling Father as they leave the City that forgot its name, outwit the Shah of Blah and navigate a sea of endless stories, in this whimsical ode to the power and necessity of fiction."

The cast includes Jolly Abraham, Yusef Bulos, Ian Lassiter, Taylor Mac, Manu Narayan, Bhavish Patel, Steven Rattazzi, Debargo Sanyal and JD Taylor.

Tickets are "extremely limited." For tickets and information, visit www.classicstage.org or call (866) 811-4111, or (212) 352-3101, or visit the CSC box office at 136 E. 13th Street, Monday through Friday, noon to 6 PM.

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