The New Group will present a starry benefit reading of Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Crimes of the Heart Oct. 28 at The New Group @ Theatre Row.
Directed by Scott Elliott, the cast will feature Marin Ireland, Natasha Lyonne, Zosia Mamet, Sebastian Stan, Raviv Ullman and Allison Williams. Show time is 7 PM.
The acclaimed comedy, according to press notes, is “about the intrigues and scandals of the three MaGrath sisters, who reunite on the occasion of Babe MaGrath’s having shot her husband.”
Crimes of the Heart premiered Off-Broadway in 1980 and then ran on Broadway at the The Golden Theatre, garnering the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. In 1986 the play was made into a film directed by Bruce Beresford.
The reading will cast Ireland as Lenny, Lyonne as Chick, Mamet as Babe, Stan as Doc, Ullman as Barnette and Williams as Meg.
The New Group launches its 2013-14 season with the New York premiere of the Geffen Playhouse production of Henley’s The Jacksonian. Directed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls, this production features Ed Harris, Glenne Headly, Amy Madigan, Bill Pullman and Juliet Brett. Previews begin Oct. 25.
Tickets to the one-night-only benefit reading of Crimes of the Heart, priced $100, are extremely limited. Contact Jamie Lehrer at (212) 244-3380, ext. 308 or Jamie@thenewgroup.org.
The New Group @ Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre) is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues. For more information visit www.thenewgroup.org.
See what Sebastian’s Picnic co-star, Maggie Grace had to say when she spoke with ELLE.COM recently.
ELLE: We should mention that Sebastian Stan, who plays Hal, is gorgeous and he spends almost the entire play shirtless and gleaming with sweat.
MG: It’s ridiculously hot, right? It reminds me of that scene in Crazy, Stupid, Love in which Ryan Gosling takes his shirt off and Emma Stone says, “That’s not even real; that’s Photoshop.” There are muscles on that man that I didn’t even know existed.”
ELLE: Did he just show up on the first day of rehearsal and strip?
MG: There was one day when the director said it would be helpful to understand how obscene it was at the time [of the play] for a man to be half-naked. He said, “I’d really appreciate it if you’d remove your shirt starting today.” And it changed everything! All of us became so uncomfortable! Once that happened, I honestly think we could divide the rehearsal process. There was B.S.S. (before Sebastian shirtless) and A.S.S. (after Sebastian shirtless)!
VANITY FAIR spoke with the fabulous Ellen Burstyn recently, and she had nothing but kind words to say about Sebastian! Read below to see what she had to say. 🙂
So how has it been working with Sebastian Stan again?
Oh, terrific. We were still doing Political Animals when he met with [Picnic director] Sam Gold and he told me about it, and then I was all excited for him because I thought it was a wonderful part for him, and then all of a sudden I got a call to meet with Sam. When I did, I told him how much I enjoyed working with Sebastian, and I was kind of pitching him to Sam. And Sam said, “I’m hiring him.” So he had already decided. I was very excited for him. He’s a darling guy. He’s just real sweet and we are having a very good time.
Yes. You can tell! The chemistry is very obvious onstage between the two of you.
Yeah, I must say the whole company, you know, it’s a true ensemble and we get along very well. Everybody is terrific. They’re wonderful people, and we are having a glorious time.