Josh Lucas to Play the Gangster in Kronenberg's John Dillinger Reading | Playbill

News Josh Lucas to Play the Gangster in Kronenberg's John Dillinger Reading
Josh Lucas will star with Jeremy Shamos and T. Ryder Smith in a staged reading of The Unauthorized Moving Picture of John Dillinger, penned by Bruce Kronenberg.
Josh Lucas
Josh Lucas

Elyse Singer directs the Hourglass Group presentation slated to play Feb. 22 at 3 PM at Manhattan Theatre Club's Studio 2. Lucas plays the notorious mob man in the Kronenberg play set in 1934 "in a remote vacation lodge in the woods of Northern Wisconsin where Public Enemy Number One, John Dillinger, is hiding out with his crew after a bank job," according to a release. "While there, he has agreed to meet with two men from Hollywood who are interested in making a movie based on his life."

The cast also includes Cynthia Darlow, Jason Liebrecht, Jenny Maguire and Chuck Montgomery.

Lucas — known for his film turns in "Poseidon" and "Sweet Home Alabama" — appeared as The Gentleman Caller in the 2005 Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie. He also appeared Off-Broadway in Corpus Christi opposite his current co-star Shamos. Shamos' other credits include Broadway's Reckless, The Rivals and Off-Broadway's Miss Witherspoon, Gutenberg! The Musical!. Smith has appeared in The Wooden Breeks and Apparition, among others.

Playwright Kronenberg performed as an actor in the original cast of The Exonerated and played Rocky in Hourglass Group's Sex by Mae West. As a director, he recently staged Steve Earle's play Karla at the Culture Project.

To make reservations (free admission) to The Unauthorized Moving Picture of John Dillinger at Manhattan Theatre Club's Studio 2, 311 West 43rd Street (8th floor), call (212) 439-8122 or email For more information, visit

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