Kate Mulgrew Will Be Gertrude in Starry Hamlet Benefit Nov. 19

News   Kate Mulgrew Will Be Gertrude in Starry Hamlet Benefit Nov. 19
Kate Mulgrew and Zosia Mamet have joined the starry cast of Fundamental Theater Project's Nov. 19 benefit reading of Hamlet starring Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") as Claudius. The Manhattan presentation will feature Sam Underwood in the title role.

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Mulgrew (Off-Broadway's Tea at Five and Hartford Stage's Antony and Cleopatra) will play Gertrude, and Mamet ("The Kids Are All Right" and TV's "Mad Men" and "Parenthood") will play Ophelia. Underwood is FTP's artistic director.

The cast also includes "30 Rock" co-star Scott Adsit (Grave Digger), Hair's co-creator Jim Rado (The Ghost), and NYSCA's Theater Program Director, Robert Zukerman (Polonius). Additional cast to be announced shortly.

Fundamental Theater Project was founded by actors Sam Underwood and Nicola Murphy.

This reading will mark a reunion of Baldwin and Underwood following their recent production of Equus at Guild Hall in East Hampton this past summer. The production was directed by Tony Walton, and received strong reviews. Equus playwright Peter Shaffer, who also collaborated on Equus, serves as honorary patron for FTP.

Fundamental Theater Project "is dedicated to creating a transatlantic theater community that challenges and nurtures the growth and development of our artists through exploration of a wide range of material, both classic and contemporary, plays and musicals, at all scales of production." FTP recently presented its first Off-Broadway production, the U.S. premiere of Gary Duggan's Trans-Euro Express at Irish Arts Center.

The troupe offers a bi-weekly "Think-Tank" table reading series, a "Play and a Pint!" staged readings and classes through the Fundamental Academy. FTP "looks to cultivate artists by providing opportunities to hone their craft in collaborations with established industry professionals."

FTP's reading of Hamlet will be held Nov. 19 at 7 PM at The Irish Arts Center, located at 553 W. 51st Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. There will also be a post-show cocktail party to follow with an opportunity to learn more about FTP and their goals as a company.

Proceeds will benefit FTP's first international endeavor to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next summer.

Tax-deductible donations of $150 for general seating and $250 for premium seating gains admittance and entry to the reception to follow.

Premium ticket holders will also receive a signed program from the cast. Seating is limited. For reservations contact fundamentaltheater@gmail.com or call (646) 326-2087. For more information, visit www.fundamentaltheaterproject.com.

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