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Salon Reading Series

2019 will mark the 23rd year of The Acting Company’s John McDonald Salon Reading Series. The Salon Series offers New York audiences a range of works that are thematically linked to the company’s repertory season, rarely produced, or provide a first opportunity to see new plays and other works that are being considered for future production. Recent series highlights include Present Laughter starring Kevin Kline--a precursor to his Tony Award-winning performance in the Broadway production—and Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand, recently seen in an eight-time Audelco-nominated production at New York Theater Workshop featuring much of the same cast.

The Salon Readings take place at 7 PM. Each reading is followed by a reception with the cast.

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Playwrights Horizons
416 West 42 Street
New York, NY 10036


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New York, NY 10036

Watch on the Rhine

by Lillian Hellman

Set in Washington DC in 1940, Watch on the Rhine is part drawing room comedy and part political thriller. Fanny Farrelly is expecting her daughter Sara and son-in law Kurt to arrive after they have fled Europe due to Kurt’s involvement with the Anti-Nazi resistance. Playwright Hellman was a prolific author of celebrated plays and films, and this work was considered among her best. Watch on the Rhine debuted on Broadway in 1941 and was turned into a film starring Bette Davis in 1943.

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March 18, 2019

Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater

This slot will be filled by an American Classic yet to be determined.


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May 20, 2019

Playwrights Horizons Sharp Theater

Nell Gwynn

by Jessica Swale

London. 1660.  Nell Gwynn rises from her roots in the Coal Yard Alley to her success as the first celebrated woman of the English Stage. When women are considered second-class citizens, will Nell prevail against the trappings of her time?  Nell Gwynn premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award.


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June 17, 2019

Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater


by Nambi E. Kelley
from the Novel by Toni Morrison

Nambi Kelley’s play is an imaginative adaptation of Toni Morrison’s novel of the same name. Set in Harlem, Jazz reflects the music of its title and follows Joe and Violet “Violent” Trace through years of love, loss and danger.


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August 06, 2019

The Duke on 42nd Street

Letters from Prison

curated by Dakin Matthews

Some of the greatest artists and thinkers of history have placed themselves in opposition to governments around the world and have been jailed as a result. In this original and engaging evening, Dakin Matthews—a highly regarded adaptor of classical texts—collects letters by historical figures like Oscar Wilde, Nelson Mandela, and Mary Queen of Scots and lets us hear them struggle with the realities of imprisonment and a longing for freedom and change.


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August 13, 2019

The Duke on 42nd Street