JOIN US FOR AN ONLINE READING TO BENEFIT PENGUIN REP & PEOPLE TO PEOPLE
EMMY AWARD WINNER
(The Handmaid's Tale, Rebecca)
By LUCAS HNATH
Original Music & Technical Direction by
PREMIERING SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26 @ 8PM
Available for viewing thru Wednesday, December 30
Who’s that knocking at the door at the start of Lucas Hnath's smart comedy? 15 years after walking out, Nora’s come home because she needs her not-quite-ex-husband’s help. Not so fast, Nora, your family has a few things they’d like to get off their chest. A slamming door isn’t just an end, but the chance for a new beginning in this smart comedy about marriage and the ways the roles of women have – and haven’t – changed.
The artists donating their talents to this benefit reading include:
EMILY ARANCIO (Emmy) just graduated from College of the Holy Cross as a double major in Theatre and Classics and is currently in her first year of graduate school at USC’s MFA Acting program. Emily is thrilled to be a part of Penguin Repertory’s online reading of A Doll’s House, Part Two, and for the honor of acting alongside her beautiful parents. As well as Angelina Fiordellisi! Emily would like to thank Joe Brancato and Andrew Horn for giving her this wonderful opportunity.
LAWRENCE ARANCIO (Torvald) is an actor, director, writer and teacher. He has appeared in over three dozen plays in New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles, including The Drawer Boy at Penguin Rep. Next month, he will begin filming a new Hulu series, Dopesick and has recently guest-starred on Betty (HBO),The Deuce (HBO), Madame Secretary, and Bull. Directing credits include two new musicals, The Trouble with Doug and Pages, both with the CAP21 Theatre Company; A Different Moon and Yellowman at Penguin Rep; as well as many musicals with students at NYU/CAP21. He is currently the Head of Acting in the Molloy/CAP21 BFA program.
ANN DOWD (Nora) is an Emmy-award winning and Golden Globe-nominated actress best known for her role as Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid’s Tale. A veteran of the stage and screen since the 1990's, additional notable film and TV credits include Rebecca, The Leftovers, Compliance, Hereditary, Philadelphia and the upcoming drama Mass which will premiere at Sundance in January 2021.
ANGELINA FIORDELLISI (Anne Marie) is a Tony and Obie Award-winning Producing Artist. She recently starred in the Off Broadway production of The Sabbath Girl by Cary Gitter and the world premiere of With by Carter Lewis at Perseverance Theater in Juneau, Alaska. She has acted on Broadway, Off-Broadway, 3 National Tours and in regional theaters across the country, including Zorba with Anthony Quinn, Out of the Mouths of Babes with Estelle Parsons, and First Love with Michael O'Keefe. Film and TV credits include: When a Man Loves A Woman, Where the Heart Is, Walker Payne, Big Stone Gap, Straight Outta Tompkins, Out of Darkness, Delusion, Law & Order, LA Law, Star Trek: TNG, The Cosby Show, and Roseanne. Proprietor of Cherry Lane Theatre since 1996, she co-founded CLT Mentor Project with Edward Albee, Charles Fuller, A. R. Gurney, Tony Kushner, Wendy Wasserstein, and Michael Weller, launching 64 emerging playwrights to date including Katori Hall and Rajiv Joseph. She won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic's Circle and Drama League Awards as co-producer of Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf ? and Drama Desk Award for co-producing Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses.
JOE BRANCATO (Director/Founding Artistic Director, Penguin Rep). Off-Broadway: Michael McKeever’s Daniel’s Husband (Penguin/Primary Stages/Westside Theater) and After (59E59 Theaters), Erasmus Fenn’s Drop Dead Perfect, Angelo Parra’s The Devil’s Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith (Drama Desk, Lortel, Off Bway Alliance & Audelco nominee), Miracle on South Division Street, Fall to Earth, Freed (Audelco nominee), Tryst (Outer Critics nominee), Cobb (Drama Desk winner), From Door To Door, One Shot, One Kill, Two and a Half Jews, My Italy Story, and Hold the Wedding, produced by Joseph Papp. Regional: Royal Manitoba Theatre Center, George Street, Seattle Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Alley Theatre, Hartford Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, among others. As founding artistic director of Penguin Rep Theatre, he has directed 150 productions in Stony Point, New York, including the world premiere of The Man Who Was Peter Pan, which became the Broadway musical and film Finding Neverland. He is also the author of the books for the musicals Mae West at Club El Fey, Only the Sky Was Blue!, and Words Fail Me (a musical tribute to Michael Leonard).
Tickets to stream the recorded reading are available to those who make a donation (click here). Donors will be provided with the link where the recorded reading can be viewed from its premiere, Saturday, December 26 @ 8pm through Wednesday, December 30 at 8pm.
PLEASE NOTE: This event is NOT happening in the theatre, and tickets (good for 24 hours) for this special event can only be secured in advance via the CLICK HERE button. Tickets are not available by phone or in person at the box office.
We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers' Unions
ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS
AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS
through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program
We also gratefully acknowledge the generous support of