For this year’s festival, the company will present readings of Ms. Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Crimes of the Heart, as well as The Wake of Jamey Foster, Ridiculous Fraud, The Debutante Ball, The Jacksonian, Control Freaks and Impossible Marriage. As in years past, the readings of each play will be performed by a mixture Animus company members and special guest artists. This year’s company artists will include Haley Bond, Sara Canter, Alex Correia, Alice Grindling, Jonathan Judge-Russo (A Rainy Day in New York, “Law & Order: SVU”), Trevor Kluckman, Alan Langdon, Brad Lemons, Amy Northup, Liz Elise Richards, Erin Leigh Schmoyer, Courtney Shaw and Karen Sours Albisua (“The Chi,” “The Bridge”). Specific casting and scheduling details for the festival will be announced at a later date.
The talented company artists will be joined by a myriad of guest artists* from stage and screen, including Nnamdi Asomugha (Hello My Name is Doris, Crown Heights), Juliet Brett (The Jacksonian, “Red Oaks”), Valorie Curry (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, “The Following”), Sami Gayle (“Blue Bloods,” Candy Jar), Grace Gummer (“Mr. Robot,” Frances Ha), Emmy Award-winner Carol Kane (“Taxi,” “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Christine Lahti (“Chicago Hope,” “The Blacklist”), Daniel London (Minority Report, “Manhattan”), Lauren Pritchard (Spring Awakening, “Stuck in the Middle”), Bill Pullman (“The Sinner,” Torchwood”), Andrew Rothenberg (“The Walking Dead,” Stranger Than Fiction), Wrenn Schmidt (“The Looming Tower,” “Boardwalk Empire”), and Paul Schneider (“Parks and Rec,” Straight White Men).
This year’s 12-Hour Reading Festival celebrating the work of Pulitzer Prize-winner Beth Henley, will take place at The Circle in the Square Theatre (located at 235 West 50th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue) beginning at 11:00am on Thursday, July 19. All day passes for the festival, available for a suggested donation of $30 each, are available for purchase online by visiting www.animustheatre.org