On Monday, August 6th, 2012, at 7 PM, ReGroup Theatre presents the first fully-staged public reading of Nellise Child's "bitter comedy" WEEP FOR THE VIRGINS in 77 years. The reading celebrates the first-ever publication of the play, along with the first publication of Robert Ardrey's Casey Jones and Mr. Ardrey's classic Group play Thunder Rock. Weep for the Virgins will be performed one night only by the ReGroup on The Irish Rep's Mainstage, 132 W 22nd St. Get a first look at the production in the photos below!
Three Sisters: Ruined. The Original Dance Mom. A Father Scheming of a Fortune in Frog Legs. The Hypocritical Bible Toting-Quoting Grandma. Meet the Jobes of Burchett Court—somewhere between Cannery Row and Tobacco Road. Employed by The Blue Ocean Cannery, these three untalented sisters are lead to believe they will have fame and fortune waiting for them...if only they can get to Hollywood, by whatever means necessary. Act by act, each of the sisters meets her fate, driven there by their mother's poisonous love.
The evening features the talents of Jade Anderson, Carly Bauer, Alexandra Dickson, Luke Guldan, Daniel Hainsworth, Avé M. Lindon, Andrea Marshall-Money, Pete McElligott, Kate McGrath, Lynne Otis, Mateo Prendergast, Sophie Vanier & Steven Vause. It is directed by Kelsey Moore under the artistic direction of Allie Mulholland.
The book will first be for sale at the reading, and then at select bookstores and online retailers. The book features a Foreword by Wendy Smith, author of the definitive Group Theatre book, Real Life Drama as well as selected essays by the playwrights' families. Volume I of the series was released last year and contained John Howard Lawson's Success Story and Gentlewoman and Claire & Paul Sifton's 1931-. It features a foreword by Estelle Parsons and essays from George Bartenieff, Allie Mulhollad and Jeffrey Lawson. Kindle e-book versions of the plays will be released by this fall.
For free tickets to the reading, call (212) 340-1054 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. And for more information, go to www.regrouptheatre.org.
Photo credit: Mikiodo