Michael Cerveris, Enid Graham, Jay O. Sanders and More Set for Red Bull Theater's THE ALCESTIAD Reading, 4/19
On Monday May 19, 7:30pm, Red Bull Theater will present a staged reading of THE ALCESTIAD and its satyr play THE DRUNKEN SISTERS by Thornton Wilder, featuring Michael Braun, Justin Blanchard, Michael Cerveris, Joel de la Fuente, Clifton Duncan, Laura Esterman, Stephen Friedrich, Philip Goodwin, Enid Graham, Caitlin O'Connell, Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders, Valentino Sella, Greg Sullivan, Sam Tsoutsouvas and Paxton Whitehead. The reading will be directed by Wendy C. Goldberg.
America's great dramatist explores the human and divine in a beautiful re-imagining of the classic Greek myth. Thornton Wilder retells the legend of Alcestis, who gave her life to save her husband Admetus, King of Thessaly, who was beloved of the Sun God Apollo and brought back from Hell by Hercules. Wilder's Alcestis is a strikingly vibrant seeker of truth, for whom "there is only one misery, and that is ignorance." Her journey from bewildered bride, through the trials of marriage, into old age, is a comical and wildly romantic story of gods and men, of death and resurrection, and of usurpation and revenge.
Buy tickets at www.redbulltheater.com or call 212.352.3101. The reading will take place at 416 West 42nd Street
(Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theatre), prefaced by a free pre-show discussion at 4 p.m. Join Tappan Wilder, Classics Professor Judith Hallett and other distinguished guests for a reception and lively discussion on "The Alcestiad: Death & Immortality, Romance & Revenge in Thornton Wilder's Ageless Classical Play". Reservations required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Hosted by Samuel French, Inc. at 235 Park Ave South, 5th Floor.