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In New YorkSalon Readings

The Acting Company's John McDonald Salon Readings offers a unique opportunity to see captivating but rarely-produced plays, performed by prominent New York stage actors and guest stars. Each reading starts at 7pm and is followed by a reception where you will have the chance to interact with the cast and director over wine and refreshments. The series provides financial support for The Acting Company's Learning Through Theater Program and Primary Shakespeare Programs in New York City Schools.

TICKETS:   Patron $60   Regular $35

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LOCATION: Pearl Theatre at 555 W. 42nd St. at 7 pm unless otherwise noted. Play titles and dates are subject to change.

The Millionairess

by GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
featuring MIA BARRON (Domesticated), On the Town’s STEPHEN DeROSA, DEREK SMITH (The Lion King)
directed by IAN BELKNAP (Hamlet, Of Mice and Men)

sponsored by Edgar Lansbury & Louise Peabody

I write across the sky to every beggar, political cause and charity ‘HANDS OFF MY MONEY!’ 

Heiress to one of Europe’s wealthiest families, Epifania searches for love. 
Her first marriage fails, her next beau is dimwitted and then she falls for an Egyptian doctor whom she cannot marry until they meet conditions set-up by their respective parents. Katharine Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Maggie Smith have starred in this delightful satire on romance, religion, capitalism and how the other half lives.  

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, one of the most prolific and important dramatists in the English speaking theater, wrote 60 plays (Pygmalion, Major Barbara) articulating the social problems of his time, with exacting 
wit and memorable characters. The Millionairess winningly follows that path.

7pm at the Pearl Theatre, 555 W. 42nd St. NYC.

November 24, 2014

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Bell, Book and Candle

by JOHN VAN DRUTEN
featuring four-time Oscar nominee MARSHA MASON and Tony nominee KATE BALDWIN
directed by TOM FONTANA (Borgia, Oz, Homicide)

sponsored by John J. Yarmick

Completely enchanting — a suave and impish fantasy.  — NY Times

A beautiful witch casts a spell over a publisher when she finds herself quite smitten. One small problem arises: witches cannot fall in love. Witty and urbane, it was a Broadway hit with Rex Harrison and a major film starring Kim Novak, James Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Hermione Gingold and Elsa Lanchester.

JOHN VAN DRUTEN was one of London’s most successful playwrights of the 1930s. In America, his I Remember Mama, The Voice of the Turtle and I Am A Camera (the basis for Cabaret) became enduring hits. He later directed the original production of The King and I.

7pm at the Pearl Theatre, 555 W. 42nd St. NYC.

December 15, 2014

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The Cradle Song

by GREGORIO MARTINEZ SIERRA
featuring DANA IVEY and JOHN McMARTIN
directed by JONATHAN BANK (Artistic Director of the Mint)

sponsored by Mary Ann Fribourg

Still a perfect gem of a play.

A small child left at a convent brings new life to the nuns, transforming them from strict and cold to lenient and warm. Full of Spanish grace, forgiveness and delicate shades of meaning, The Cradle Song has been translated into many languages and performed worldwide but not seen on Broadway since Eva Le Gallienne 
directed it in 1927.

Playwrights GREGORIO and MARIA MARTINEZ SIERRA were pioneers of 20th Century Theater in Spain. Beyond translating and producing the works of Shakespeare, Shaw and Pirandello for a Spanish audience, they commissioned Federico Garcia Lorca to write plays and engaged Salvador Dali to design sets.

7pm at the Pearl Theatre, 555 W. 42nd St. NYC.

March 09, 2015

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Biography

by S.N. BEHRMAN
featuring Broadway and film regulars JAY O. SANDERS and LISA BANES 
directed by LEIGH SILVERMAN (Violet, Chinglish)

sponsored by Ben Crane

Marvelously erudite and civilized.  — Brooks Atkinson

Marion Froude is one of New York’s favorite celebrity portrait artists and a woman way ahead of the feminist curve for whom a happy ending doesn’t necessarily involve wedding bells. Kurt, an ardent young magazine editor, wants to publish her autobiography, a prospect greeted with dismay and a bit of horror from a former lover and others who have succumbed to her charms.

S.N. BEHRMAN enjoyed a long and prolific career as a dramatist, author and contributor to The New Yorker. His plays (The Second Man, End of Summer) and movies (Quo Vadis, Fanny) featured some of the most important actors of the 20th Century: Alfred Lunt, Lynne Fontaine, Noel Coward, Katherine Cornell, Laurence Oliver and Greta Garbo.

7pm at the Pearl Theatre, 555 W. 42nd St. NYC.

April 06, 2015

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