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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.

2020 CALENDAR

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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)

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

Don Juan in Hell

Written by George Bernard Shaw

Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand

RESCHEDULED: Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

Southern Poverty Law Center

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

China Dreams or The Conservation of Parity

Written by Stefani Kuo

Directed by Nicholas Polonio

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

7:30pm EST: Music

8:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

INTEGRATE NYC

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:  TBA

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

TROUBLE IN MIND

Written by Alice Childress

Directed by Ryan Quinn

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

BLACK WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS

Alice Childress’s pioneering play is at once a backstage satire and an indictment of the white theater establishment, illuminating the ways that Black artists struggle to find authenticity in the theater.

Cast:  TBA

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

ROMEO & JULIET

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Eric Tucker

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

COMMUNITIES UNITED FOR POLICE REFORM

Cast: NIGEL GORE & TINA PACKER, AS ROMEO & JULIET

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

HEDDA GABLER

Written by Henrik Ibsen

Directed by Zachary Elkind

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

ARTISTS STRIVING TO END POVERTY

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 as Hedda

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

Othello

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Annabel Capper

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

THE OKRA PROJECT

Shakespeare’s Venetian tragedy is as devastating as it is intimate, exploring the ways racism, jealousy, fear, violence, and trust spiral out of control.

Cast:  Ryan Quinn, Katie Hartke, Eric tucker, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Violeta Picayo

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

DUTCHMAN

Written by Amiri Baraka

Directed by Ryan Quinn

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

PRINCESS JANAE PLACE

A chance encounter on a subway between a white woman and a Black man slowly reveals itself as an allegory for all of American racism in Amiri Baraka’s shattering play.

Cast:  TBA

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

The machine stops

Written by E.M. Forster

Adapted & Directed by David Keohane

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

CAMPAIGN ZERO

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:  TBA

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

Titus Andronicus

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

THE INNOCENCE PROJECT

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:  TBA

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live

TBA

Written by TBA

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

Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Written by Edward Albee

Directed by Annabel Capper 

Tuesday, december 22nd, 2020

6:30pm EST: Music

7:00pm EST: Reading

Benefit Reading to support:

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS CAMP

A quiet evening’s nightcap becomes a fight to the death in Albee’s masterpiece.

Cast:  TBA

LOCATION:  ZOOM & Facebook Live