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News Swoosie Kurtz and Marsha Mason Star in Free Reading of The Clean House Oct. 20 Swoosie Kurtz, Marsha Mason and Daniella Alonso will take part in the Oct. 20 reading of The Clean House at the Ars Nova Theater.

Directed by Moisés Kaufman, the free reading of Sarah Ruhl's comedy will be held at 7 PM. Part of the acclaimed "Out Loud" weekly play-reading series, the new work concerns a doctor, her husband, his lover and their Brazilian maid. Playwright Ruhl received an M.F.A. from Brown University, and her plays have been developed at such institutions as the Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Arena Stage, the McCarter Theatre and Seattle Repertory. Swoosie Kurtz has starred on Broadway in Imaginary Friends, Love Letters, The House of Blue Leaves (Tony Award), Fifth of July (Tony Award), A History of the American Film, Tartuffe (Tony nomination), and Ah, Wilderness! She just joined the cast of Off Broadway's Frozen, which begins performances at the East 13th Street Theatre Feb. 25, 2004. Marsha Mason's Broadway credits include The Night of the Iguana, The Good Doctor and Happy Birthday, Wanda June. She received Academy Award nominations for her performances in "Only When I Laugh," "Chapter Two," "The Goodbye Girl" and "Cinderella Liberty."

The Out Loud series continues Oct. 27 with Jorge Ignacio Cortinas' Blind Mouth Singing. Casting has yet to be announced for the play about "an 18-year-old boy who must find a way to wade through the littered pieces of his family's painful past in order to come to terms with himself."

The Ars Nova Theater is located in New York City at 511 West 54th Street. Presented by the Ars Nova Theater and the Underwood Theater, there is no charge to attend the Out Loud series, although reservations are required. Call (212) 977-1700.

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