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VIRTUAL PLAY  READINGS

 

A BENEFIT SERIES to raise funds and awareness for the #BlackLivesMatter movement and organizations fighting for equity and justice.

BEDLAM

presents

DO MORE.

A Benefit Reading Series 

for #BlackLivesMatter


On Tuesday June 9th 2020, BEDLAM launched a bimonthly Reading Series in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the #BLACKLIVESMATTER movement and associated organizations working toward eliminating race-based discrimination. We have pledged that all proceeds will go directly toward these efforts.

$25,124 RAISED… AND COUNTING!

2020 CALENDAR

Richard II poster with a silhouette of a king chess piece

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The tragedy of Richard II

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Zachary Elkind

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

NATIONAL BAIL FUND NETWORK (RAISED $3220)

(RAISED $3220)

Shakespeare’s most intimate history play charts Richard II’s growth into maturity and poetry as he loses everything.

Cast:  EDMUND LEWIS​, PAUL LAZAR, RYAN QUINN, SHIRINE BABB, LISA BIRNBAUM, AUNDRIA BROWN, JOHN TERRY, GALEN MOLK, CAROLINE GROGAN, VIOLETA PICAYO, SIMON SCHAITKIN

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

The Long Christmas Ride Home

Written by Paula Vogel

Directed by Violeta Picayo

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

6:30pm EST: Live Music by Brandy Butler

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

THE AUDRE LORDE PROJECT

(RAISED $2935)

Paula Vogel breaks open the American family play in this fractured, beautiful exploration of a family of five in crisis.

Cast: Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Kathryn Tkel, Katie Hartke, Tramell Tillman, Maggie Adams McDowell, EDMUND LEWIS

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

Entertaining Mr. Sloane

Written by Joe Orton

Directed by Annabel Capper

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music by George Stass

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

Equal Justice Initiative

(RAISED $1890)

Comedy is the greasy underbelly of psychopathy in Joe Orton’s sexy, biting satire of middle-class England in the swinging ‘60s.

Cast:  Nigel Gore, Annabel Capper, Dan Amboyer, Maurice Jones

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

Coriolanus

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Nathan Malin

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music by Doug Waterman

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

(RAISED $2432)

Shakespeare’s rarely-seen Roman history is a taut, brutal reminder that a society founded on war can never be at peace with itself.

Cast: Tina Packer, Vasile Flutur, David Keohane, Arash Moktar, Khadija Bangoura, Paul Lazar, Maurice Parent, Nigel Gore, Julia Ty Goldberg

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

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

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Don Juan in Hell

Written by George Bernard Shaw

Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand

RESCHEDULED: THURSDAY, August 27, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music by Joshua Fried (RADIO WONDERLAND LIVE)

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

Southern Poverty Law Center

(RAISED $2165)

Bedlam loves George Bernard Shaw, and this one-act — originally Act III of Shaw’s “Man and Superman” — is Shaw at his purest: his gift for language and comedy never fails, even in Hell.

Cast:  LISA WOLPE, RANDOLPH CURTIS RAND, SHIRINE BABB, ERIC TUCKER

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

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China Dreams or The Conservation of Parity

Written by Stefani Kuo

Directed by Nicholas Polonio

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

7:30pm EST: Music by Curtis Stewart

8:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

INTEGRATE NYC

(RAISED $380)

This stunning new play from Stefani Kuo traces the life of Wu Chien-Shiung, an overlooked Chinese-American physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, in the first new play in our reading series.

Cast:  Cricket Brown, Ethan Luk, Joel Rueben Ganz, Wai Ching Ho, Woody Fu, FANG DU

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

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MACBETH

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Ryan Quinn

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music by John Taney

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

BLACK WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS

(RAISED $1630)

Cast:  joe tapper, shirine babb, truett felt, nigel gore, rajesh bose

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

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ROMEO & JULIET

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Eric Tucker

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music by Jeffrey Young & Carlos Cotallo

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

COMMUNITIES UNITED FOR POLICE REFORM

(RAISED $1420)

Cast: NIGEL GORE & TINA PACKER AS ROMEO & JULIET

WITH ALLYN Burrows, ANNABEL CAPPER, CHARLS HALL, SPENCER ASTE, ALAN ALTSCHULER, DRIA BROWN, MIKE LABBADIA, SAMANTHIA NIXON, NATHAN MALIN, JAMIE SMITHSON, TED LEWIS, AND RANDOLPH CURTIS RAND 

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

Hedda Gabler benefit reading poster with silhouette of eye and a tear

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HEDDA GABLER

Written by Henrik Ibsen

Directed by Zachary Elkind

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music by Constant Strangers — Chris Peters and Mary Bolt

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

ARTISTS STRIVING TO END POVERTY

(RAISED $3620)

A woman at war with society’s expectations, Hedda Gabler refuses to play by anyone else’s  rules in Henrik Ibsen’s revolutionary play.

Cast:  Shirine Babb, JOÉL PÉREZ, RAJESH BOSE, RACHEL BOTCHAN, CHRIS MURRAH, IONE WANG

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

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The price

Written by Arthur Miller

Directed by Annabel Capper

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

6:30pm EST: “New York” by Annabel Capper

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

THE OKRA PROJECT

(RAISED $991)

Arthur Miller’s dramatic two-act piece about family dynamics, the price of furniture, and the price of one’s decisions.

Cast:  Annabel Capper, Rajesh Bose, Arash Mokhtar, Michael Twaine

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

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the bear and other stories

 

THREE ONE-ACT PLAYS

By Anton Chekhov

Directed by Nathan Malin

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music by Quinlan Fitzgerald

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

PRINCESS JANAE PLACE

(RAISED $940)

Cast:  Ashley bufkin, michael hammond, tramell tillman

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

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The machine stops

Written by E.M. Forster

Adapted & Directed by David Keohane

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

6:30pm EST: LIVE MUSIC by Olive Fine with visuals by Eliza Fichter 

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

Climate Justice Alliance

(RAISED $1290)

and campaign zero

(RAISED $393)

Director David Keohane presents his original adaptation of E.M. Forster’s short story: a science-fiction dystopia with an uncomfortable resemblance to our own world.

CAST: ZUZANNA SZADKOWSKI, AWESTA ZARIF, MIGUEL LONG

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

Titus Andronicus

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

6:30pm EST: LIVE MUSIC by Eric Powell Holm

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

THE INNOCENCE PROJECT (raised $1233)

Shakespeare’s goriest play verges into horror-movie territory as it traces the way violence corrodes an entire society, until no one is untouched.

Cast:  Rajesh Bose, Ted Lewis, Caroline Grogan, EQUIANO MORIESI, GEORGE OLESKY, David Keohane, Rakeem Lawrence, Adam Paterson, Mary Neufeld, Lyndsey Anderson, Kelly Klein, Lucius Robinson, NATHAN MALIN

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

THREE SISTERS

Written by Anton Chekhov

Directed by Violeta Picayo

Tuesday, december 8th, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

BLACK THEATRE NETWORK

Cast:  TBA

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

The importance of being earnest

Written by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Annabel Capper 

Tuesday, december 22nd, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS CAMP

Cast:  TBA

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live