“People don’t do such things!” – Henrik Ibsen, Hedda Gabler

TOP: Rachel Botchan, Joél Pérez, Ione Wang. BOTTOM: Shirine Babb, Rajesh Bose, Chris Murrah.

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Virtual Benefit Reading for: ARTISTS STRIVING TO END POVERTY

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TUESDAY, September 29th, 2020

6:00pm: READING
5:30pm: LIVE MUSIC by Mary Bolt and Chris Peters

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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.

We pledge that all proceeds will go directly toward these efforts.
We are currently compiling a list of organisations in need.

If you have suggestions to add to our list, please reach out to us directly at: info@bedlam.org

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Shirine Babb (Hedda)

NEW YORK: BROADWAY: Lincoln Center: Macbeth | Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Original Broadway Cast) | OFF-BROADWAY (selected): TFANA: Timon of Athens | Roundabout Theatre Company: Napoli, Brooklyn | Bedlam’s The Crucible; | WP Theatre: Aliens with Extraordinary Skills. REGIONAL(selected): Shakespeare Theatre Co.: Timon of Athens | Kennedy Center: Measure + Dido | Roundhouse Theatre: School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (Helen Hayes nomination) | Shakespeare Festival St. Louis: Antony and Cleopatra (Circle Award nomination) | Folger Theatre: Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra | Huntington Theatre Company/Long Wharf Theatre: Disgraced (2015 Critics Circle Award nomination) | Old Globe Shakespeare Festival: 2010/2011 seasons. INTERNATIONAL: Arcola Theatre (London): Widows. TELEVISION: Iron Fist, I Love You…But I Lied, Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary. PERSONAL: Training: East 15 Acting Conservatory: MA, USD/ Old Globe PTAP: MFA. 


Rajesh Bose (Brack)

Rajesh Bose: Regional and Off-Broadway favorites include: The Crucible (Bedlam Theatre), Henry VI (NAATCO), Pygmalion (Bedlam), Against The Hillside (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Indian Ink (Roundabout), Oslo (St. Louis Rep), Mary Stuart (Folger Theatre), Guards at the Taj (Capital Stage), Disgraced (Playmakers Rep, Huntington Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre – Connecticut Critics Circle Award, IRNE Nomination), The Who & The What (Gulfshore Playhouse), and The Invisible Hand (Westport Country Playhouse, Hartford TheaterWorks). Film & Television: “Quantico”, “Blue Bloods”, “The Blacklist”, “Elementary”, “Damages”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Madame Secretary”, “The Good Wife”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “Criminal Minds”, the series finale of “The Sopranos”, and the Academy Award nominated film Frozen River.

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Joél Pérez (Eliert lovborg)

Joél Pérez is an award-winning performer and writer living in NYC. As an actor, his theater work includes Fun Home (Broadway and The Public Theater), Kiss My Aztec! (Berkeley Rep and La Jolla Playhouse), Sweet Charity (New Group; Lucille Lortel Award Winner for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical), Oedipus El Rey (Public Theater), Raw Bacon From Poland (Abrons Art Center), Wild Goose Dreams and As You Like It (Public Theater Public Works). His TV work includes Jesus Christ Superstar Live! (NBC), Person of Interest (CBS), Odd Mom Out (Bravo), The Big C (Showtime) and The Outs (Vimeo). He is an ensemble member of Broken Box Mime Theater. He studied at Tufts University, The British American Drama Academy and Upright Citizen’s Brigade. As a writer, his play, The Church of the Holy Glory, premiered at Ars Nova as a part of ANTFest 2018. He is also a part of the 2020 Ars Nova Playmakers Lab for his Untitled Sabado Gigante Project. He has participated in the Actors Who Write Fellowship at Rattlestick Theater Company and is a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Playwriting from The New York Foundation for the Arts.


Rachel Botchan (Thea)

Selected Off-Broadway: Over 40 productions with the Drama Desk and Obie Award winning Pearl Theatre Co. including A Taste of Honey, The Winter’s Tale, Uncle Vanya, And Away We Go by Terrence McNally (world premiere), Hard Times, Vieux Carré, Toys in the Attic, Twelfth Night, Heartbreak House, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III (Bayfield Award for Outstanding Shakespeare Performance in NYC for Lady Anne);National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene- The Sorceress, A Klezmer’s Tale, The Blacksmith’s Folly, and The Maiden of Ludmir.; New Yiddish Rep – God of Vengeance. Selected Regional: Two River, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Milwaukee Rep., Virginia Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. 

Chris Murrah (George)

ione wang (juliana)