Jonathan Hadary, Jason Kravits and Lou Liberatore to Star in Peccadillo's ROCKET TO THE MOON Reading Off-Broadway, 3/10
The reading will star Jonathan Hadary (Broadway's Golden Boy, Awake and Sing! and Gypsy); Jason Kravitz (Broadway's Relatively Speaking and The Drowsy Chaperone); and Lou Liberatore (Tony nominee for Burn This).
Clifford Odets's Rocket to the Moon was first produced for the stage by the Group Theatre in New York in 1938. Like its predecessor, Golden Boy, the play signaled a move on the part of Odets away from the more overtly political drama of his earlier plays towards a drama more focused on interpersonal relationships and the pressures of life on the individual.
In the oppressive heat of a stifling New York summer, the waiting room of a dentist's office serves as the backdrop to the mid-life crisis of Ben Stark, who attempts to escape the confines of his life by having an affair with his secretary, Cleo. In the play, Odets develops many of the themes familiar to his audience from his earlier (and more overtly political) plays: economic pressures, the ability of the individual to rise above his circumstances, and the effects of personal responsibility on ambition. Rocket to the Moon occupies a significant place in the ouevre of Clifford Odets, in spite of the fact that this tender, richly psychological play is little-known and rarely produced. As such, it represents an ideal choice for Peccadillo - a company dedicated to keeping the lesser-know works of the golden age of the American theater alive and in front of an audience.
Theatre at St. Clement's is located at 423 W. 46th Street (between Ninth & Tenth avenues). Call OvationTix: 212.352.3101 or click here. Tickets range from $25 to $100.
Walt Odets has provided permission to present this one-night only staged reading of Rocket to the Moon to benefit The Peccadillo Theater Company. The Peccadillo Theater Company is an IRS 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit arts organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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