"We have often presented works of our alumni, but this is the first time we've done so as a series," said Ian Belknap, associate artistic director of The Acting Company, in a statement. "These simple and poignant plays in an array of theatrical styles showcase the voices of our alumni turned writers and directors."
The series kicks off with Walled In, Zack Fine’s part-fantasy, part-mythology and part-clown show inspired by Thoreau’s "Walden." Directed by Diane Buirski, the reading will be held Oct. 3.
Also featured in the series are Damascus, Andrew Weems’ story of a trip to a beautiful place, directed by Ian Belknap, Oct. 10; A Beautiful Building, Peter Macklin's story of a priest, an actor and a long-ago affair, directed by Francesca Zambello (director The Little Mermaid),Oct. 17; and Searching for God in Suburbia, Matthew Hoverman’s supernatural comedy about life on the edge, directed by David Kennedy, Oct. 31.
In addition to the new works, Acting Company alumnus Derek Smith will direct Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play, a clamorous outcry from isolation, panic and fear, Nov. 7.
Founded in 1972 by John Houseman and Margot Harley, The Acting Company has been honored with a Tony for Excellence in Theater, playing New York and touring the country for the past 38 seasons. Founding members Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone as well as Rainn Wilson, Jesse L. Martin, Harriet Harris, Frances Conroy, Keith David, David Ogden Stiers, Jeffrey Wright, Hamish Linklater and 300 others all began their careers on tour with The Acting Company. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues). For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge.com. For more information, visit www.theactingcompany.org.