On Feb. 26 Smith will star in a reading of The Real Thing, a stage adaptation of the story by Henry James about a middle-aged couple that models for a painter. Susan Charlotte, the artistic director of the series, will adapt the story. John Going will direct.
On Feb. 28 Roberts and Grimes will star in The Chairs by Eugene Ionesco, directed by Antony Marsellis.
Smith recently won a Lucille Lortel Award for The Trip to Bountiful at the Signature Theatre Off-Broadway. Her Broadway credits include Buried Child (Tony nomination), The Grapes of Wrath (Tony nomination), The Young and Beautiful and the original Orpheus Descending. Her film credits include "East of Eden," "Five Easy Pieces," "Falling Down," "Fried Green Tomatoes," "How to Make an American Quilt," "Dead Man Walking," "Larger Than Life," "Minority Report" and "Twister."
Roberts has starred on Broadway in such shows as How Now, Dow Jones; Jerome Robbins' Broadway; Sugar; Absurd Person Singular; Don't Drink the Water; Doubles; They're Playing Our Song; Victor/Victoria, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; the original Broadway production of Barefoot in the Park and the play's recent Broadway revival. He starred in the Broadway play Play It Again, Sam and the film adaptation of the same name. His other film credits include "Annie Hall" and "Serpico."
Grimes has won Tony Awards for Private Lives and The Unsinkable Molly Brown and has also appeared on Broadway in 42nd Street, Orpheus Descending, California Suite and Tartuffe, among other shows. She has also appeared in "High Art," among other films. At both events, lunch begins at 12:30 PM, and the performance begins at 1:30 PM, with question-and-answer period to follow.
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