Lanzarone, Ayers, Redd Complete Cast of I STAND BEFORE YOU NAKED Reading 11/28


Newly announced Broadway stars complete the casting for Joyce Carol Oates' I STAND BEFORE YOU NAKED. Nikka Lanzarone (WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN), Becca Ayers (SOUTH PACIFIC, AVENUE Q), and Randy Redd (PARADE) join Barbara Walsh (COMPANY, HAIRSPRAY, FALSETTOS), Stephanie D'Abruzzo (AVENUE Q), Mary Stout (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), Janet Carroll (LITTLE WOMEN), and Bree Williamson (ONE LIFE TO LIVE) in performing a staged reading of New York Times-bestselling-author Joyce Carol Oates' play on Sunday, November 28th at 7 pm. It will be presented at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 899 Tenth Avenue at 59th Street in New York.

The evening will benefit SAFE HORIZON, a charity that helps victims of domestic abuse. ( Ticket prices range from $20.00 - $30.00, with tickets for the exclusive post-show reception available for $35.00, and can be purchased by phone at 212-352-3101 or online at

Before the reading, at 5:30 pm, there is a free panel discussion for which no tickets are necessary. The topic is "The Oppression of Women." The panelists include Joyce Carol Oates, three experts from John Jay College, and a representative of Safe Horizon.

I STAND BEFORE YOU NAKED presents an extraordinary array of women betrayed by their husbands, their lovers, and sometimes themselves - it is a searing look at misplaced love, infidelity, and the primal desire to be loved.

Other performers include: Abby Royle (ACTS OF LOVE), AnnMarie Benedict (ROBESON), Jennifer McCabe (MEDEA IN JERUSALEM), Elizabeth Pojanowski (Cincinnati Opera), and Karin de la Penha (HASSAN & SYLVIA). The director is Bill Connington (Joyce Carol Oates' award-winning ZOMBIE). Casting by Robin Carus. Razors Edge Productions, Small Pond Entertainment, and Sarah Melissa Rotker produce.

The distinguished cast and production team includes multiple award-winners: Barbara Walsh (nominated for the Tony Award, and two Drama Desk awards), Stephanie D'Abruzzo (nominated for the Tony Award and the Drama Desk award; winner of the Theatre World Award), and Bill Connington (multiple Off-Broadway awards for Joyce Carol Oates' ZOMBIE).

Joyce Carol OATES has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, and is considered to be one of America's greatest living authors. In a prolific and varied career she has proven herself one the most influential and important storytellers in the literary world. She is a New York Times bestselling author, and winner of the National Book Award, who has written the national bestsellers WE WERE THE MULVANEYS, BLONDE (a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize), THE FALLS (winner of the 2005 Prix Femina) and THE GRAVEDIGGER'S DAUGHTER. She has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize four times, and is often considered for the Nobel Prize for Literature. A winner of innumerable awards, she has written almost 100 books. She is a distinguished professor at Princeton University. Ms. Oates writes an average of two or three books a year. Her work frequently has dealt with the deeper meaning of sexual abuse, desire for power, and violence.

SAFE HORIZON is the largest victims' services agency in the United States, with more than 60 locations serving more than 250,000 children, adults, and families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City each year. Since 1978, Safe Horizon has provided victims of domestic violence, child abuse, human trafficking, rape and sexual assault, as well as homeless youth and families of homicide victims, with a wide range of comprehensive support. Our programs also partner with governmental and other community agencies so we can offer additional assistance, including finding resources for those living outside New York City. In addition to our direct services, Safe Horizon also advocates for policies on a local, state, and national level on behalf of those affected by violence and abuse.

The GERALD W. LYNCH THEATER is 600 seat theater located in John Jay College at 899 Tenth Avenue at 59th Street in New York. The theater has hosted events in the Lincoln Center Festival since its first season in 1996, as well as, New York City Opera, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. It is also the site of many tv and film specials.

Photo Credit: Linda Lenzi

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