Perfect Strangers' Mark Linn-Baker and Carolyn McCormick Star in Benefit Reading of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf for Katonah Classic Stage in New York
Trent Dawson's Katonah Classic Stage (KCS) will present a benefit reading of Edward Albee’s,Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,at the Bedford ()NY) Historical Hall on December 9, 2021. Thelead roles of Martha and George will be portrayed by two actors with extensiveBroadwaycredits who are perhaps best-known for their television roles:Carolyn McCormickbest known for her leading role inLaw & Orderand Mark Linn-Bakermost beloved for his role inPerfect Strangers and most recently on Succession.Rounding out the cast is Jaren Zirilli and Evy Ortiz.
Founding Artistic DirectorTrent Dawsonisan actorand director,best known for his long-standing, Emmy-nominatedrole onAs the World Turns,whohasbeen working on television andonstage for nearly 30 years. He and hiscreative teamare excited to move forward with a series of benefit readingsthis winterto keep classic theatre onthe forefront of the community’sminds, “The response toOleannawas wildly positive and the number one question we received from audience members each night was, ‘What’s next?’” Dawson adds, “These readings are a means to give peoplea waytoenjoy classic theatre in a more relaxed setting. Weare so excited to be able to bring thebestclassicplays to lifelocallywith incredible talents like Carolyn McCormick and Mark Linn-Baker.”
This bitingly funny play centers around a university professor, George, and his wife, Martha, who have an after-party get together with hot, new, young professor, Nick, and his“mousey” wife Honey. George and Martha have a passionately dangerous “cat and mouse” relationship and as they play with each other, and their guests, the evening, and the lives of all four present, quickly unravel. This show is a fiercely dynamic and satirical look at the fragility of the relationships we hold most dear and a metaphor for the tenuous state of America in the middle of the cold war.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and audiences can expect to enjoy drinks and refreshments with an opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with the performers after the reading.Woolfis the first in a series of threeplayreadings that KCS expects to present throughout the winter.
Thefull2022 season of KCS is currently in development.Ultimately, KCSaimsto provide seasonal, professional productions of classic plays in Northern Westchester, cultural enrichment events like the KCS Film Festival,play readingshelmed by Broadway veterans,and they will eventually offer educational programs to children and adults with an emphasis on Shakespeare and other master dramatists. Staffing, casts, and crews will draw from the exceptional talent found locally as well as New York City and thetri-statearea.
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
Where: Bedford Historical Hall, 608 Old Post Rd., Bedford, NY