Grant Aleksander to Star in Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's 2012 Play Reading Series
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will launch its third annual Lend Us Your Ears play reading series on Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m. with Eve of Ides, a new play by author David Blixt. The series also includes readings of William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part Two on July 16 and the comedy Wittenberg by David Davalos on September 24. All readings will be held at 7:00 pm at the Shakespeare Theatre's Main Stage, the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Road) in Madison. The Lend Us Your Ears discount subscription series, featuring tickets to all three readings, is $36 for adults and $24 for students. Individual tickets are $15 each for adults and $10 for students. For tickets or more information, call the box office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.
These script-in-hand readings will feature members of The Shakespeare Theatre's esteemed company of actors as well as prestigious guest artists. Following the reading will be a talk-back session with the director, cast and audience which provides feedback on the play and its potential for future production.
Eve of Ides imagines Caesar, Brutus, and Mark Antony on the night before Caesar's assassination, debating politics, family, history, and the future. A Chicago resident, playwright David Blixt is the author of the historical novel "The Master of Verona." He is also an accomplished classical actor and has appeared on stage at Michigan Shakespeare Festival, First Folio Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Shadow Theatre Company, and the Goodman Theatre. Eve of Ides will be directed by famed Broadway fight director and Shakespeare Theatre Company member Rick Sordelet. The role of Brutus, Caesar's friend and ultimately his assassin, will be read by "Guiding Light" actor Grant Aleksander. Aleksander appeared on "Guiding Light" as character Phillip Spaulding on and off from 1982 through 2009 as well as "All My Children" for two seasons in 1994 and 1995. He has been nominated several times for Daytime Emmy awards.
Following on the heals of The Shakespeare Theatre's Main Stage production of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part One will be a reading of the rarely-done Henry IV, Part Two which continues the story of the young Prince Henry and Falstaff where Part One leaves off, and leads to the prince's ascension to the throne. The reading of Henry IV, Part Two will be held on Monday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Closing the Lend Us Your Ears reading series is Wittenberg by David Davalos. This comedy portrays Doctor Faustus and Reverend Martin Luther as rival college professors vying for the attention of a star pupil – Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. The reading of Wittenberg will take place on Monday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets for the reading series are $15 each for adults or a discount price of $36 for all three. Student tickets are $10 each or $24 for all three readings. For tickets, call the box office at 973-408-5600, visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Main Stage, the 308-seat F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is conveniently located in Madison at 36 Madison Avenue (Route 124) at Lancaster Road (on the Drew University campus), just minutes from routes 287, 78 and 10. Parking is free.
2012 marks The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's 50th Anniversary. The company's 50th Anniversary season, which begins in late May and continues through December, includes productions of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part One; The Liar by David Ives, adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille; Shakespeare's Measure For Measure; Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, adapted by Neil Bartlett; Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman, with lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh; and Trelawny of the Wells by Arthur Wing Pinero.