Free Readings of "On the Waterfront," with "Sopranos" Stars, to Be Presented in Hoboken | Playbill

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News Free Readings of "On the Waterfront," with "Sopranos" Stars, to Be Presented in Hoboken The New Artists Theater Company will present free readings of Budd Schulberg's "On the Waterfront" screenplay July 28-29 in the Frank Sinatra Park on the Hoboken Waterfront.
Vincent Pastore
Vincent Pastore

Frank Licato will direct the 7 PM readings, which are being produced by Nick Puccio and The Hudson Film Group. The readings will boast the talents of "Sopranos" stars Vincent Pastore and Robert Funaro as well as Jason Cerbone and Robin Paul.

In a statement Garry Pastore of Hudson Film said, "We thought it appropriate to present 'On The Waterfront' which was filmed in Hoboken as our gift to the community. We know right now lots of families are hurting and cannot afford a night out. We wanted to make great theater available to everyone."

In "On the Waterfront," which is set in 1950's Brooklyn, "Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union," according to press notes. "Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to convince him to provide information for the courts that will tumble the racketeers. The Waterfront Crime Commission is about to hold hearings on union crime and underworld infiltration. As workers are turned against each other, Terry inadvertently participates in the murder of fellow longshoreman Joey Doyle, orchestrated by boss Johnny Friendly and aided by Terry's brother Charley. When Joey's sister Edie sees more in Terry than he sees in himself and Father Barry urges him on, Terry begins to feel pangs of conscience, examines his past and begins to take responsibility for his actions."

The 1954 film was directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg and starred Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger, Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb.

Cushions or lawn chairs are recommended for the readings; for more information visit

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