Tessa Thompson will direct the live reading of the play Nora Highland

Tessa Thompson​ to Lead Live Reading of Play Nora Highland

Tessa Thompson will direct the live reading of the play Nora Highland

After its successful launch, Play-PerView, the theater's new live-streaming initiative, co-founded by producer Jeremy Wein (NYC PodFest, "Kevin McDonald: Alive") and actor-producer Mirirai Sithole (Black Mirror: Smithereens"School Girls; O, The African Mean Girls Play," "If Pretty Hurts …") featuring unique and one-of-a-kind theatrical events, streamed live and original series in the homes of theater fans around the world, he announces the schedule for next week. Proceeds from all events will go to arts organizations affected by the COVID-19 virus. Virtual tickets from just $ 5.00 are available by clicking here.

On Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 pm, Play-PerView will broadcast a live read from Ryan Spahn's comedy "Nora Highland" with Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok, Men in Black: International, Between two ferns: the movie, The Lady and the Tramp, HBO Westworld, "Smart People" from Second Stage Theater) and Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie (Ugly Betty, "Buyer and Cellar", "Grand Horizons", "Song of the Torch"). The play, a conference semi-finalist O & # 39; Neill Playwrights and previously presented at the opening of Pride Plays at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, examines the complexities of portraying an openly gay actor in a gay role when everyone wants to hire a straight actor for me to play the part. This reading will benefit the Broadway Cares and Covenant House New York Emergency Assistance Fund COVID-19.

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"Family Friday," Play-PerView's original unscripted weekly series focused on families in the theater community, will continue on Friday, April 3 at 8:00 pm with "LIVE from Putnam County." This second installment will feature alumni of the Broadway production of the 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, including Tony Celia Keenan-Bolger Award winner ("Kill a Mockingbird") and her husband, Tony John Award nominee. Ellison Conlee ("The Full Monty"), along with Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart ("Aladdin") and Tony Award nominee Errick Baskin ("Ain & # 39; t Too Proud"). Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Artistic Director of Colt Coeur) and the nominee for the Tony Hunter Bell will attend to talk about their new musical "Another world". This episode of "Family Friday" will directly benefit Colt Coeur, a Brooklyn-based theater company on whose board Mrs. Keenan-Bolger sits, and the Parent Artist Advocacy League Childcare Relief Fund.

On Monday April 6 at 8:00 pm, Play-PerView will present a unique reading of "Cadillac Crew", written by Tori Sampson ("IfPrettyHurts …", "This Land Was Made") and directed by Chalia La Tour ("Slave Play"). The reading will feature Dria Brown (Bedlam's "Bedlet / Saint Joan" national tour), Ashley Bryant ("The play that goes wrong", "A Free Colored Man"), Brontë England -Nelson ("Three Tall Women") and Ms. La Tour as four civil rights activists at the height of the movement, who, on the day of a long-awaited speech by Rosa Parks, wonder if the proclamation of equality for all humanity … does it include women? This reading will benefit The National Black Theater and Women In Need.

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Future Play-PerView events will feature works by Bess Wohl ("Grand Horizons", "Small Mouth Sounds"), Micah Stock (Tony nominated, "It & # 39; s Only A Play"), Sharr White (" The True "," The Other Place "), Johnathan Caren (Canyon, The sinner), Martyna Majok (winner of the Pulitzer Prize, "Cost of Living") and others, to be announced in the coming weeks.


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