Stage and Screen Star Katherine Helmond Featured in Acting Company’s Benefit Reading

News   Stage and Screen Star Katherine Helmond Featured in Acting Company’s Benefit Reading
Katherine Helmond — who starred in the original production of John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves — will take part in a one-night only staged reading of To Fool the Eye.

The benefit for The Acting Company will be held March 24 at The Culture Project in Manhattan. John Miller-Stephanie, the Guthrie Theater’s associate artistic director, will helm the reading, which will also feature Bryan Cogman, Brian Reddy, Erika Rolsfrud, Erik Steele and Jeremy Shamos. Show time is 7 PM.

To Fool the Eye, Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s Leocadia, concerns a young prince who falls in love with an opera singer, who dies three days later. Helmond will play the prince’s aunt, the Duchess, who re-creates the village “exactly the way it was for those three romantic days.”

Best known for her Emmy-nominated work as Jessica Tate in ABC’s “Soap” and Mona on ABC’s “Who’s the Boss?,” Katherine Helmond can currently be seen in a recurring role on the hit CBS sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond.” She received a 1973 Tony Award nomination for her work in The Great God Brown and has also appeared on Broadway in Private Lives, Don Juan and Mixed Emotions.

The Culture Project is located at 45 Bleecker Street. Tickets for the reading are priced at $35 and $55, which includes a post-performance reception with the director and the cast. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (212) 258-3111.

The Acting Company was founded in 1972 by Margot Harley and John Houseman. In its 30 years, the company has produced 77 plays, and its 300 members include such Broadway favorites as Patti LuPone, Kevin Kline, Harriet Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tom Hewitt, Frances Conroy and Jesse L. Martin.

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