Kathleen Chalfant and Original Cast Members Reunite for Wit Reading, Nov. 21

News   Kathleen Chalfant and Original Cast Members Reunite for Wit Reading, Nov. 21
Original Off-Broadway cast members of Margaret Edson's Wit will perform a staged reading the work Nov. 21 celebrating MCC Theater's 20th anniversary season.
Kathleen Chalfant
Kathleen Chalfant Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Leigh Silverman (Well, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea) directs the event to take place 7 PM at the Lucille Lortel Theatre — where the Off-Broadway troupe is currently in residence. Original star Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America) will star along with cast members Hope Albrecht, Brian J. Carter, Walter Charles, Paula Pizzi, Ali Steinberg and Helen Stenborg.

Perhaps the most successful show in the company's history, Edson's 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner Wit debuted Off-Broadway Oct. 6, 1998 at the Union Square Theatre under the direction of Derek Anson Jones. Kathleen Chalfant, Brian J. Carter, Walter Charles, Alec Phoenix, Paula Pizzi, Daniel Sarnelli, Helen Stenborg, Alli Steinberg, Lisa Tharps comprised the original cast. Judith Light (seen in this season's Colder Than Here) would later replace Chalfant in the lead.

MCC will next present 20 — its fall benefit event featuring plays written by Eric Bogosian, Richard Greenberg, Peter Hedges, Neil LaBute, Terrence McNally and Doug Wright starring Lauren Ambrose, Jason Biggs, Zoe Caldwell, Julianna Margulies, Amanda Peet and Marian Seldes.

The company began its 20th anniversary mainstage season with Laura Wade's Colder Than Here starring Judith Light, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson and Brian Murray. The lineup also includes The Wooden Breeks (Feb. 1-March 11, 2006) by Glen Berger (Underneath The Lintel) and directed by Trip Cullman (Dog Sees God), and the Fat Pig team of playwright Neil Labute (This Is How It Goes) and director Jo Bonney (Living Out) reuniting for the world premiere of Swallowing Bicycles (May 17-June 24, 2006).

For more information on MCC, visit www.mcctheater.com.

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