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Jessica Hecht, Mary Testa and Julie White Will Lead FIRST WIVES CLUB Benefit Reading

Robert Harling's screenplay to the iconic film THE FIRST WIVES CLUB will come alive in New York on October 13th, 2014 at 8pm for a one night-only benefit reading in the Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street), directed by Trip Cullman and featuring an all-star cast. The reading has been rescheduled from the original date of July 7th due to scheduling conflicts. All proceeds will benefit The Actors Fund's Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative, which provides "a safety net and a place to turn when women in the creative community are faced with critical health concerns." The evening is produced in arrangement with Paramount Pictures by The Indigo Theatre Project (Nick Gereffi, Artistic Director/Rachel Sussman, Executive Producer), a theater company that strives to unite passion with purpose by producing high-profile readings to benefit relevant charitable organizations. THE FIRST WIVES CLUB is Line Produced by Allison Bressi and Associate Produced by Shoshana Feinstein.

The reading will star Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht as "Annie Paradis," Tony Award nominee Mary Testa as "Brenda Cushman," and Tony Award winner Julie White as "Elise Elliot," with John Ellison Conlee as "Bill Atchison," Jeremy Shamos as "Morty Cushman," Rebecca Naomi Jones as "Shelly Stewart/ Young Annie," Margo Seibert as "Phoebe LaVelle/ Young Elise," Tracee Chimo as "Chris Paradis/ Jason Cushman/ Young Brenda," Mary Beth Peil as "Catherine McDuggan/ Gunilla Garson-Goldberg," Michael Cyril Creighton as "Duarto Feliz," and Julie Halston as "Character Women." Additional casting will be announced shortly.

Based on the best-selling novel by Olivia Goldsmith, THE FIRST WIVES CLUB follows friends Annie (Jessica Hecht), Elise (Julie White), and Brenda (Mary Testa), who reconnect after each is left by their husband for a younger woman. Looking to turn their tragedy into triumph, the three women join forces in service of the greater good... by seeking revenge on the men who have wronged them. A cultural phenomenon since its theatrical release in 1996, THE FIRST WIVES CLUB is an empowering story about getting over it, getting even, and getting everything. For more information, please visit

Tickets to the benefit reading of the screenplay to THE FIRST WIVES CLUB range from $100 to $150. Premium tickets include access to an exclusive post-show reception with the cast and creative team. To purchase tickets, please contact Ticket Central online 24 hours a day at or via phone at 212-279-4200 between the hours of 12PM and 8PM.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski

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