Primary Stages has announced the roster of special guests that will take part in its talkback series following performances of The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord. The lineup includes comedian, author, and playwright Lewis Black, Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Susie Essman, and Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington.
Discord, by Scott Carter, executive producer of Real Time with Bill Maher, sees the three historical figures debating literature, religion, and everything in between. The New York premiere will be directed by Kimberly Senior, with performances set to begin September 19 at the Cherry Lane Theatre Off-Broadway.
The cast is made up of Duane Boutté (Parade, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin) as Charles Dickens, Michael Laurence (Appropriate, Talk Radio) as Thomas Jefferson, and Thom Sesma (Pacific Overtures, Man of La Mancha) as Leo Tolstoy. Opening night is set for October 1, for a limited run through October 22.
See below for the talkback series’ complete schedule:
September 30 at 2 PM – Performance artist and author Karen Finley
October 7 at 2 PM – New York Times columnist & CNBC Squawk Box host Andrew Ross Sorkin
October 7 at 8 PM – Ex-New York Times ethicist and Person, Place, Thing host Randy Cohen
October 12 at 8 PM – Comedian, author, and playwright Lewis Black
October 13 at 8 PM – Thrive Global founder and CEO Arianna Huffington
October 14 at 8 PM – New Yorker contributing writer and author Maria Konnikova
October 15 at 3 PM – Ex-U.S. Representative Rick Lazio (R-NY)
October 21 at 8 PM – Radio talk show host and author Thom Hartmann
October 22 at 3 PM – Curb Your Enthusiasm star and comedian Susie Essman
For tickets and more information visit primarystages.org or call OvationTix at (212) 352–3101.
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