“Hell is a place far above their comprehension: they derive their notion of it from two of the greatest fools that ever lived, an Italian and an Englishman. The Englishman described me as being expelled from Heaven by cannons and gunpowder; and to this day every Briton believes that the whole of his silly story is in the Bible. What else he says I do not know; for it is all in a long poem which neither I nor anyone else ever succeeded in wading through,” – George Bernard Shaw, Don Juan in Hell

TOP: SHIRINE BABB, LISA WOLPE. BOTTOM: RANDOLPH CURTIS RAND, ERIC TUCKER.

"Man and Superman" benefit reading poster with silhouette of young man and old man

VIRTUAL BENEFIT READING for the Southern Poverty Law Center:

George Bernard Shaw’s

don juan in hell

Directed by RANDOLPH CURTIS RAND

TUESDAY, august 11th, 2020

7:00pm, READING

6:30pm, LIVE MUSIC

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Every other Tuesday for the rest of the calendar year, BEDLAM will be presenting live virtual play readings in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the #BlackLivesMatter movement and associated organizations working toward eliminating race-based discrimination.

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CAST

Randolph curtis rand (director/the statue)

Randolph Curtis Rand is a theatre artist, working in design, directing, teaching, and performance. He has appeared with many artists throughout the country, and abroad, including: Bedlam, Burning Coal Theatre (NC), Joseph Chaikin, Compagnia de’ Colombari, Elevator Repair Service, Richard Foreman, The Foundry, Meredith Monk, Not Man Apart (CA) Pig Iron Theatre, The Rude Mechs, The Talking Band, Target- Margin, and The Wooster Group to name a few…AND in many institutions like, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Adelaide Festival, Carnegie Hall, The Cockpit (UK), The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, The Public Theatres (New York, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh), The Kitchen, La Mama, Lincoln Center, The Meltdown Festival (UK), Naropa University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Graduate Acting School and Undergraduate Theatre), On the Boards, The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, P.S. 122, UCLA, University of the Arts, The Walker and The Wexner, among many others.

Lisa Wolpe (The devil)

International: Richard II, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Prague Shakespeare Company); tour of solo “Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender” (U.K., Czech Republic, Germany, Canada, USA) Regional: Cassius in Julius Caesar (PlayMakers Rep); Scrooge in Christmas Carol (TheatreWorks); Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Galileo in Galileo (Yuval Sharon, The Industry); The Tempest and Pericles (Orlando Shakes), Seagull with Libby Appel and Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella with Tracy Young and Bill Rauch (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Macbeth (Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep), Iago, Hamlet, Richard III, Angelo, Jaquis, Leontes, Benedick, Romeo, Macbeth, Macduff, Paulina, Viola, & Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest (Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company); San Diego Rep; People’s Light & Theater Co.; Directing: Producing Artistic Director 1993-2016 (Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company); Colorado Shakespeare; Shakespeare and Co.; Great River Shakespeare Festival; Sedona Shakespeare Awards: Sustained Excellence (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle); NBC Local Hero; Key to Harlem.

Eric tucker (Don juan)

Wall Street Journal DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR 2014. O​ ff Broadway: Bedlam’s ​Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet; Pygmalion; Peter Pan; Vanity Fair; Sense and Sensibility (Off Broadway Alliance Award, Best Director, Drama League nom., Best Revival)​; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (​ Drama League nom. Best Revival, WSJ Best Classical Production 2015; NY Times Critics’ Pick), Bedlam’s ​Saint Joan (​ NY Times/Time Magazine Top 10; Off Broadway Alliance Best Revival 2014)​, ​Bedlam’s ​Hamlet ​(NY Times Top 10; Time Out NY/Backstage Critics’ Pick); Tina Packer’s ​Women of Will. For Bedlam: ​Hamlet/Saint Joan: ​McCarter Theatre; Central Sq. Theater (Elliott Norton: Outstanding Visiting Production/Outstanding Ensemble, Boston Globe Top Ten); Dead Dog Park, New York Animals ​(World Premiere by Steven Sater/Burt Bacharach), ​Twelfth Night ​and ​What You Will ​(NY Times Critics’ Picks), ​The Seagull (​WSJ Best Classical Production 2014), ​Sense & Sensibility ​(NY Times Top 10, NY Times/WSJ/Time Out Critics’ Picks). Other: ​The Merry Wives of Windsor ​(Two River), ​Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (OSF);Pericles ​(APT); Sense and Sensibility ​(The Folger Theater, 8 Helen Hayes nominations including Best Director and Best Production). Eric received his M.F.A. from the Trinity Rep Conservatory. He resides in New York City where he is Founder and Artistic Director of Bedlam.

shirine Babb (ana)

Shirine Babb has Broadway credits that include Macbethwith Ethan Hawke (Lincoln Center Theater), and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Tony Award for Best Play 2018 OBC). Her Off Broadway credits include Napoli, Brooklyn, Around the World in 80 Days(New Theater at 45th Street), Aliens with Extraordinary Skills(Women’s Project), A Role Once Played (29th Street Repertory Theater, AUDELCO Award nomination), and Single Black Female(Duke on 42nd Street). Other credits include School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play(Round House Theatre), Steven Dietz’s This Random World(Actor’s Theatre Humana Festival), the title role in Antony & Cleopatra (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, 2015 Theatre Critic Circle nomination), The Merchant of Venicewith Sir Derek Jacobi (The Strathmore) and Measure & Didowith Sir Derek Jacobi (The Kennedy Center and Napa Shakespeare), Julius Caesar (Folger Theatre), Widows(Arcola Theatre, London), and Disgraced (Long Wharf Theatre 2015 Critic Circle Best Feature nomination). She was also seen in the 2010 and 2011 seasons at The Old Globe Shakespeare Festival. Her television credits include “Iron Fist,” “I Love You… But I Lied,” “Blue Bloods,” and “Madam Secretary.” Ms. Babb holds an MA from East 15 Acting Conservatory, London, and an MFA from the University of San Diego/The Old Globe.

Joshua fried (radio wonderland)

Joshua Fried’s work spans experimental music, DJ culture and performance art. Known for remixing They Might Be Giants, for RADIO WONDERLAND’s boombox, shoes, and wheel, and for putting headphones on downtown’s most mercurial stars, Fried has performed solo at Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, CBGB, a massive techno warehouse in Venice Italy, a Tokyo museum, and the Dutch Royal Palace. In the 1990s Fried developed headphone-driven performance whereby performers try to imitate vocal sounds that are played over headphones. This work includes Headset Sextet, the large-scale Spell for Opening the Mouth of N with choreographer Douglas Dunn, and the solo Travelogue, dubbed “a downtown classic…a mind-blowing, Hitchcockian theater piece” by the Village Voice and “a tour de force” by The New York Times.  One of the key performers for this body of work was Bedlam’s own Randolph Curtis Rand. Fried’s music has been released by free103point9, Trace Label, Hello Recording Club, clang, Harvestworks and Atlantic Records.