In the play by Pulitzer Prize winner Shepard, Cooper (an Oscar winner for "Adaptation") plays Weston, with Marianne Leone as Ella, Jared Craig as Wesley, Marie Polizzano as Emma, Kelby Akin as Ellis and Tom O'Keefe as Taylor.
Curse, which replaced the previously announced Buried Child, is offered as a free staged reading 7 PM Feb. 21 at the Wimberly Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston.
A wine and cheese reception with the cast and director follows the reading. Tickets for the reception are $20 and can be purchased at commshakes.org or by calling (617) 426-0863. Proceeds from the reception support Commonwealth Shakespeare.
Attending just the reading is free, and does not require a reservation. Seating is general admission.
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, best known for its annual free performances on Boston Common, "is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 dedicated to bringing the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary productions to the people of Boston."
In addition to the annual Boston Common production, the company offers a summer "Tour of the Parks," with a Shakespeare-inspired program designed for families as well as other Shakespeare-related programming throughout the year.
Previous productions include Othello, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Henry V, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar. For more information, visit www.commshakes.org.