Resident Acting Company to Revive Dawn Powell’s The Big Night

Readings and Workshops   Resident Acting Company to Revive Dawn Powell’s The Big Night
The social satire played just seven performances on Broadway in 1933.
Dawn Powell
Dawn Powell

The Resident Acting Company, a new ensemble formed by actors of The Pearl Theatre Company, will culminate its Power Series reading series with Dawn Powell’s The Big Night. The 1928 play is considered to be one of the writer's best works but was a failure on Broadway, closing after just seven performances.


The Big Night will be presented June 25 at The Players Club with direction by artistic director Bradford Cover. The social satire, set during Prohibition, is a comedy about a woman named Myra whose husband has been fired from an advertising agency. The couple are throwing a party for a potential client who also happens to be an old "acquaintance" of Myra's.

RAC will present a restoration by Michael Sexton from the author's original notes and drafts.

RAC's The Power Series also featured readings of Chekhov's Three Sisters (March 19), Much Ado About Nothing (April 26), and Sophocles' Electra, translated by Nicholas Rudall (May 30). All four plays, which are the collective launch event of the Resident Acting Company, explore the concept of power and how it relates to issues women have faced in the past and today.

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