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Josefsberg, Lysy, Etc. Set for Free 'Red Beard' Reading


Ars Nova, as part of the free Out Loud reading series, will present The Red Beard of Esau, written by Rachel Shukert and directed by Alex Timbers.

The play will be read by Jeff Binder/>, Elliotte Crowell, Billy Eichner/>, Sam Forman/>, Van Hansis/>, David Josefsberg/>, Julie Lake, Maggie Lauren, Austin Lysy/>, Reginald Veneziano and Taylor Wilcox on Monday, January 29 at 7 PM at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street). 
"A Neanderthal woman and Cro-Magnon man embark on a passionate love affair at the very dawn of time.  But fate, not to mention an assortment of mystics, priestesses, dwarfs, and beautful blonde Californian twins have other things in store for them.  Things that could threaten their very existence!  Can love survive?  Find out in The The Red Beard of Esau, the world's first genocidal romantic comedy," press notes state.
Shukert's plays include Bloody Mary (NYIT Award nominee), Sequins for Satan, The Blackstone Hotel, and Soiled Linens.   Her work has been developed and produced at Ars Nova, the Williamstown Theater Festival, the Culture Project, the Ontological/Hysteric, and the Evolve series at Galapagos.  She is also a performer and writer.

Timbers recently directed Gutenberg! The Musical! (The Actor's Playhouse and 59E59), A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant (New York Theatre Workshop; OBIE Award- NYC and Garland Award, Best Director- LA), and Hell House (St. Ann's Warehouse), among others. 

Out Loud has attracted a variety of the industry's top artists, including writers Stephen Belber/>, Jorge Cortinas, Daniel Goldfarb/>, Stephen Guirgis, Rinne Groff, Rogelio Martinez, Adam Rapp/>, Sarah Ruhl, Julian Sheppard, Jonathan Marc Sherman; directors Peter Askin, Jo Bonney/>, David Esbjornson/>, Moises Kaufman, Brian Kulick, James Lapine/>, Lisa Peterson, David Warren/>; and actors Jason Biggs/>, Kathleen Chalfant/>, Robert Sean Leonard/>, Marsha Mason/>, Denis O'Hare/>, Rosie Perez/>, Paul Rudd/>, Mercedes Reuhl, Daphne Rubin-Vega/>, Swoosie Kurtz/>, David Strathairn/>, Fred Weller.
The Red Beard of Esau will be read on Monday, January 29 at 7 PM.  The Out Loud Series is free and open to the public.  Reservations are required.  Please call 212-977-1700.  Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street.  For more information, check out

Photo - Austin Lysy

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