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TRU Announces Casts, Directors for 2014 TRU VOICES Series, Beg. 1/13

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the 2014 Musical Reading Series on Monday, January 13, Monday, January 20, and February 3, 2014 at 7pm at the Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave, NYC.

Tickets are free and may be reserved by emailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com or phoning the TRU message line at 212-714-7628. Please note that Wild & Willful Women and Brindlebeast are already sold out, but are taking names for a waiting list. Reservations are still being taken for the third show in the series, Popesical. For more information, visit www.truonline.org/TRUMusicals.htm.

Each reading will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the works presented.

Monday January 13th, 7pm: producers Kimberly Eaton and Alan Swanke announce the cast of Wild and Willful Women, book and lyrics by Bill Rogers, music by Daniel Doss. This tale of love, lust ... and witchcraft will feature Mimi Bessette (Bonnie & Clyde, On the Twentieth Century, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas); Cole Burden (Les Miz, Applause, Fiction in Photographs); Al Foote (Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, Macbeth, Henry V); Aaron David Gleason; Amber Iman (Nina Simone in Soul Doctor, currently nominated for a Clive Barnes award); Timatha Kasten; Tony LePage (Rock of Ages, originated the leading role in the Australian cast of Boy from Oz); Natalie Roy ("The Following," The Last Five Years, Lost in Love); and Ann Talman (The Women, Some Americans Abroad, The House of Blue Leaves, The Little Foxes).

When an intolerant Puritan minister suspects that women in his small New England village are becoming too free and independent, he launches an authoritarian campaign to make them behave. His strict religious reformation quickly runs into trouble. Three "wild and willful" women defy his authority by choosing for themselves who to love and how to live. The minister's son is caught in the middle. His father is convinced that the girl he loves is a witch... Does Peter dare defy authority to follow his heart? Directed by Kimberly Loren Eaton.

Monday January 20th, 7pm: producers Nathan Sheffield and Debbie von Ahrens/Fat Chance Productions announce the cast of Brindlebeast, book and lyrics by Anita Riggio, music by Sila Shaman. Directed by Emily Maltby, this new musical in voice and American Sign Language about love, healing and the creative process will feature Eric Kunze (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Damn Yankees); Alexandria Wailes (Big River, Mother Courage and Her Children/The Public Theatre); Emily Robinson (The Orphans' Home Cycle/The Signature Theatre); Terese Genecco; Kathy Voytko (Oklahoma!, The Pirate Queen, Next to Normal, The Frogs); James W. Guido; Bryan Seastrom; and Ann Talman (The Women, Some Americans Abroad, The House of Blue Leaves, The Little Foxes).

Brindlebeast blends spoken language and American Sign Language in a contemporary two act musical that braids together three strands: a love story between a hearing man who is a successful graphic novelist and a independent deaf single mother with a 14 year old girl; a story about confronting personal beasts; a chronicle of channeling that confrontation into the creative process of making a book. Directed by Emily Maltby,

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