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Guild Hall
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Saturday, May 16, 2020

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8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Free

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All

VIRTUAL STAGED READING Portrait of Tennessee: The Words of Tennessee Williams

Starring Mercedes Ruehl, Harris Yulin, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, & Tedra Millan

Four great actors – stars of Broadway, television and the cinema – reunite virtually for one night only in a very special LIVE online Zoom theatrical event to Benefit the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, which has been closed since the start of the pandemic.

Director Harris Yulin (Ozark) returns to Guild Hall where he directed a gorgeous production of Tennessee William’s The Glass Menagerie starring Amy Irving and Ebon Moss-Bachrach that served to re-open the John Drew Theater after major renovations in 2009. Yulin has directed many readings at the Drew with stars such as Eli Wallach, Dianne Wiest, Edward Asner and F. Murray Abraham, including last season’s sold-out reading of Jules Feiffer’s A Bad Friend which celebrated the playwright’s 90th birthday.

Yulin is joined once again by longtime friend and collaborator Mercedes Ruehl. The legendary Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, Obie and Drama Desk-award winning Ruehl is herself no stranger to the Drew, having appeared in dozens of readings over the course of the last two decades, as well as starring in Guild Hall’s production of Jenny Lyn Bader’s comedy Manhattan Casanova in 2001.

Joining this stellar ensemble are Ebon Moss-Bachrach (HBO’s Girls and John Adams, The Punisher, NOS4A2) who in addition to starring in The Glass Menagerie appeared at Guild Hall alongside Ms. Ruehl, Richard Kind and James Earl Jones in a recent reading of the political thriller Are You Now…, also directed by Yulin.

The final cast member is rising Broadway star Tedra Millan (Present Laughter with Kevin Kline and The Wolves at Lincoln Center) who returns to the Drew for this virtual reading, having made her actual Guild Hall debut last summer as the memorable lead in Feiffer’s A Bad Friend.

Yulin is a master interpreter of the work of Tennessee Williams, and he brings his prodigious knowledge, experience and passion to this project, which is artfully arranged and scripted entirely from Williams’ essays, letters, journals and plays. This evening will shine a light on the brilliance of one of America’s most impactful playwrights, and will reward viewers with an informal and intimate experience up close with four astonishing actors in a virtual event exclusive to Guild Hall. This event is produced by the Drew’s Artistic Director Josh Gladstone, who will introduce the evening, and is stage managed and assistant directed by Amanda Kate Joshi.

Arranged by Harris Yulin and Jack Canfora
Starring Mercedes Ruehl, Harris Yulin, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, & Tedra Millan
Directed by Harris Yulin
Scripted entirely from Williams’ essays, letters, journals and plays, this evening will shine a light on the brilliance of one of America’s most impactful playwrights, Tennessee Williams.
Stage Manager: Amanda Kate Joshi

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