Jenna Ushkowitz and Michael Bakkensen Lead Reading of Jeff Stolzer's POWER PLAYS

Michael Bakkensen, who delighted audiences on Broadway in Noises Off and The Man Who Came to Dinner, and Jenna Ushkowitz, the award-winning actress known for playing Tina Cohen-Chang on the Fox television series Glee and for her roles in numerous Broadway musicals, including The King and I and Spring Awakening, will star in a private, industry-only reading of Jeff Stolzer's POWER PLAYS, a new comedy-drama. Barry Ivan is directing the 90-minute reading, which will be held at the Music Hall of the Dramatists Guild Fund in Manhattan on June 16th at 3pm.

The cast also includes Kristen Martin (Broadway: Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark; Cleveland Playhouse and McCarter Theatre Center: Ken Ludwig's A Comedy Of Tenors), Reed Campbell (Off-Broadway: The Public Theatre's Comedy of Errors; National Tour: Nice Work If You Can Get It), Greg Kamp (National Tour: Catch Me If You Can; Pittsburgh CLO: Footloose and The Wedding Singer), Bobby Conte Thornton (Off-Broadway: Starting Here, Starting Now; Cleveland Playhouse: Ken Ludwig's A Comedy Of Tenors), Greg Balla (Off-Broadway: Straight and Blue Man Group), Hannah Flam (Weston Playhouse: A Chorus Line), and Rik Walter (Regional: The Bickford Theater's The Runner Stumbles and The Chester Theater Company's Becoming Dickens).

Jeffrey Malone is the sound designer and Richard F. Grasso is assistant to the director.

POWER PLAYS is a full-length comedy-drama that follows a modern Everyman named Mark through a series of episodes, from young adulthood to middle age, that force him to seize or relinquish power. These darkly comedic scenes witness Mark struggling with his love life, tangling with America's hot-button political issues and wrestling with his sexuality.

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