Thursday, May 15, 2014

Announcing a Special Script in Hand Event at the Playhouse!

by Ryan Klink, Director of Marketing

We are thrilled to announce our next Script in Hand Benefit, Other People's Money, on June 16th here on stage at the Playhouse. And as our faithful patrons, you are the first to know about this star-studded evening of corporate critique and romantic comedy.

Featuring the Tony and Emmy Award-nominated Victor Garber and Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle award winner Shuler Hensley, Other People's Money  was the winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play when in it premiered in 1989, and was subsequently made into a movie starring Danny Devito and Gregory Peck in his last substantial on screen role. Written by Jerry Sterner, the play is about a slimy and immoral Wall Street takeover artist who has discovered the undervalued stock of New England Wire and Cable. If the stockholders back his takeover, they will make a bundle – but what happens to the 1,200 employees and the community when he liquidates the assets? Other People's Money  mines the manipulation, greed and unexpected humanity in the world of business.

“I’ve been wanting to revisit this play for several years now,” said Playhouse Associate Artist and Script in Hand director Annie Keefe. “It’s a David and Goliath story – and I love that it features Yankee ingenuity, some stirring speeches, donuts, and sex!”

Perhaps best known for his Emmy-nominated performance on television’s “Alias” with Jennifer Garner, Garber received Tony Award nominations for Broadway’s Deathtrap, Little Me, Lend Me a Tenor, and Damn Yankees. His films include “Titanic” and “Argo.” He has earned six Emmy Award nominations, including three for “Alias,” two for comedic guest-star roles on “Frasier” and “Will & Grace,” and one for his portrayal of Sid Luft in the television movie “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.” Hensley was in the Playhouse’s All About Us, and a Script in Hand playreading of They Knew What They Wanted. On Broadway, he played The Monster in the musical version of Young Frankenstein, and received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his turn as Jud Fry in Oklahoma!.

The reading will also feature Broadway’s Chris Henry Coffey, Beth Fowler, and Jennifer Mudge. Coffey appeared in the Playhouse’s The Dining Room and Lips Together, Teeth Apart, and Broadway’s Bronx Bombers. Fowler was in the Playhouse’s Dear Brutus, David Copperfield, and other plays and Script in Hand playreadings. She received Tony Award nominations for Broadway’s The Boy from Oz and Sweeney Todd. She currently appears in the Netflix original series, “Orange Is the New Black.” And Mudge, currently on Broadway in Rocky, was in the Playhouse’s Scramble!, and in the recent Broadway productions of The Philanthropist, Reckless, and received a Drama Desk nomination for Dutchman.

Benefit tickets are $100, $50 and $30, and all proceeds from this special evening will benefit the Script In Hand Playreading Series, ensuring ticket prices remain accessible at $15 for the rest of the year. Your ticket - at any level - supports these affordable and enjoyable evenings of theater, and includes a post-show party with the cast. Purchase your tickets today by clicking here, or by calling the Box Office at (203) 227-4177.

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