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Dana Ivey, Michael Hayden And More Join Acting Company's Reading Of WATCH ON THE RHINE

Dana Ivey, Michael Hayden And More Join Acting Company's Reading Of WATCH ON THE RHINE

The Acting Company announced today initial casting for the first reading in the 23rd John McDonald Salon Reading Series, Lillian Hellman's acclaimed drama Watch on the Rhine. The reading will take place on Monday, March 18 at 7 PM at the Mainstage Theater at Playwrights Horizons (416 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY). Tickets are available now online at

Directed by Kimberly Senior (Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced), the cast of Watch on the Rhine will feature five-time Tony nominee Dana Ivey as Fanny Farrelly, Tony nominee Michael Hayden (All My Sons, Judgment at Nuremberg) as Kurt Muller, John Skelley (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) as David Farrelly and J. Anthony Crane (The Country House, The Winslow Boy) as Teck De Brancovis. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Not seen in New York since its 1980 Broadway revival, Watch on the Rhine is part drawing room comedy, part political thriller. The play follows anti-fascist German engineer Kurt Muller, his American-born wife Sara, and their three children as they return to Washington, D.C. after years spent in Europe resisting the rising Nazi threat. When a Romanian houseguest who is a Nazi supporter discovers Kurt's identity, he threatens to expose him. Published in 1941 by Lillian Hellman, a brilliant activist who was ahead of her time, this celebrated play is a timely examination of moral obligation and sacrifice.

The John McDonald Salon Reading Series will present five readings in 2019, continuing with Frederick Knott's WAIT UNTIL DARK on Monday, May 20 at the Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons. Jessica Swale's Olivier Award-winning comedy Nell Gwynn will follow on June 24 at the Mainstage Theater at Playwrights Horizon. Remaining titles will include Nambi E. Kelley's Jazz, from the novel by Toni Morrison, on August 6, and an original evening of collected letters curated by Dakin Matthews, Letters from Prison, on August 13, both playing at the Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W. 42nd Street.

The Acting Company's 2019 repertory season will include the New York premiere of NATIVE SON, adapted from Richard Wright's book by Nambi Kelly and directed by Seret Scott, and William Shakespeare's MEASURE FOR MEASURE, directed by Janet Zarish, performing in rotating repertory July 14 through August 24 at The Duke on 42nd Street.

Single tickets for the Reading Series are on sale now, priced from $15-$35 for general admission seating, available online at, or by phone at 212-258-3111.

Subscriptions for the 2019 The Acting Company repertory productions and salon series are also on sale now. Standard packages are priced from $40-$215. Premium subscriptions including opening night performances, special events, and reserved salon reading seating are also available.

The John McDonald Salon Series presents works that are thematically linked to the repertory season, rarely produced, or offer a first opportunity to see new plays and works being considered for future production. Reading casts feature a range of veteran Acting Company alumni and Broadway luminaries led by some of the theater's most celebrated directors. Recent highlights include Present Laughter, starring Kevin Kline in a precursor to his Tony Award-winning Broadway run, and Marcus Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand, seen subsequently in an Audelco Award-winning run at New York Theater Workshop featuring most of the same cast.

The Acting Company's 2019 season is made possible is part by the National Endowment for the Arts' Art Works Program, the National Endowment for the Arts' Shakespeare in American Communities Program, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Foundation support is provided by the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Shubert Foundation, the Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Axe-Houghton Foundation, the Howard Bayne Fund, Renascence Fund at Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors, Actor's Equity Foundation, the Susan and Russell Holdstein Foundation, Lucille Lortel Foundation, Dorothy Strelsin Foundation, Dorothea Leonhardt Foundation, and Marquis George MacDonald Foundation.

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