Nikki Massoud, Joshua David Robinson And Sam Tsoutsouvas To Star In The Acting Company's Reading Of LETTERS FROM PRISON
The Acting Company (Founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley; Ian Belknap, Artistic Director; Elisa Spencer-Kaplan, Executive Director) today announced casting for the final reading in the 23rd John McDonald Salon Reading Series, Letters from Prison, a curated evening from adapter Dakin Matthews (To Kill a Mockingbird) that collects the original letters of acclaimed literary and historic figures to explore the nature of justice and imprisonment, from the Bible to the present day. The reading will take place on Tuesday, August 13 at 7 PM at the Duke on 42nd Street (229 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY). Tickets are available now online at www.theactingcompany.org or by phone at (212) 258-3111. The reading will be followed by a complimentary reception with the cast.
Oscar Wilde. Nelson Mandela. Mary Queen of Scots. Many of history's great thinkers have defied the government and been jailed as a result. In this original evening, Dakin Matthews-a regarded adapter of classical texts- reveals their struggles with the realities of imprisonment and a longing from freedom and change through their own words.
Directed by Devin Brain (Associate Artistic Director, The Acting Company), the Letters from Prison cast will include founding Acting Company alum Sam Tsoutsouvas (Scapin), Acting Company alum Joshua David Robinson (X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation), and Nikki Massoud (New York Theatre Workshop's Othello).
General admission tickets are priced from $15-$35, available online at www.theactingcompany.org, or by phone at 212-258-3111.
Letters From Prison complements The Acting Company's currently running 2019 repertory season, which "pairs Richard Wright and William Shakespeare to wake us up to injustice." (Theatermania) The rotating repertory includes the New York premiere of Native Son, adapted from Richard Wright's book by Nambi E. Kelley and directed by Seret Scott, and William Shakespeare's Measure For Measure, directed by Janet Zarish, performing through August 24 at The Duke on 42nd Street. Subscriptions and single tickets for the 2019 The Acting Company repertory productions are on sale now.
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.