Reading Under the Influence ANNOUNCED!

Reading Under the Influence ANNOUNCED!

Barbara Walsh to star in Tony Glazer's READING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Friday, March 11, 2011; Posted: 10:03 AM - by BWW News Desk   
Choice Theatricals to present the World Premiere of Reading Under the Influence: The "Real" Westchester Women's Book Club written by Weissberger Award winning playwright Tony Glazer and directed by Wendy C. Goldberg (winner of the 2010 Regional Tony Award). Reading Under the Influence: The "Real" Westchester Women's Book Club will begin performances on Wednesday, April 6; Opening on Saturday, April 16 and running through May 15, 2011 at Union Square's DR2 (103 East 15 Street). Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by visiting or calling (212) 239-6200.

In Reading Under the Influence, the wine hits the fan as the women of the Westchester Book Club gather to discuss their current required reading, The Homeless Dogs of Egypt. During their chardonnay-fueled discussion, they find out that the rights to their book club have been sold to a reality TV Production Company. It's the "The Real Housewives" meets "Oprah." Don't judge a book club by its cover... you never know how the pages will turn!

The cast will include: Barbara Walsh (Broadway: Company -Drama Desk Nom., Hairspray, Big, Blood Brothers, Falsettos-Tony Award& Drama Desk Nom.), Joanna Bayless (Stain, Sweet Bird of Youth. Film: Junction), Summer Crockett Moore (Last Summer at Bluefish Cove- IT Award, Stain. Film: Junction. 2008 International Voicey Award Nomination), Ashley Austin Morris (Die Mommy Die, In The Daylight, "The Electric Company"), Maria-Christina Oliveras (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Really Big Once) , Jeremy Webb (Tabletop- Drama Desk Award, LTC's The Glorious Ones).

Reading Under the Influence: The "Real" Westchester Women's Book Club
Written By Tony Glazer, Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg
First performance Wednesday, April 6; Opening, Saturday, April 16; running through May 15, 2011
DR2 is located at 103 East 15 Street
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by visiting or calling (212) 239- 6200.
Performances schedule is Tuesday - Friday at 8PM; Saturday at 2PM & 8PM; Sunday at 3PM
Approximate Running Time: 90 Minutes

Tony Glazer (Playwright) recently made his feature film directorial debut on the film Junction (which he also wrote and which stars David Zayas, Neal Bledsoe, Summer Crockett Moore, Anthony Rapp, Michael O'Keefe, and Tom Pelphrey) Junction is currently in post-production. He is also the writer of a short film that he co-produced with Pâté Productions, Ltd and Movie Ranch Entertainment entitled A Younger Man which is currently on the festival circuit. His stage plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Canada and include Stain, and Safe (both published by Samuel French). One of his short plays, Doll Play, premiered in the 34th Annual Samuel French Short Play Festival under his direction. Glazer's play, In the Daylight, premiered Off-Broadway in fall of 2009 and two monologues from this play were selected for publication in the 2010 Best Women's Monologues Compilation by Smith and Kraus. His newest plays, The Substance of Bliss, (winner of the L. Arnold Weissberger Award at Williamstown Theatre Festival) and American Stare are both in development for productions. He is a founding member of Choice Films/Choice Theatricals, as well as a board and company member in The Private Theatre. Tony received his BFA in Acting from Boston University and has studied acting with Maggie Flanigan. Find Tony online at

Wendy C. Goldberg (Director) is in her seventh season as Artistic Director of the National Playwrights Conference at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Under Goldberg's tenure, The O'Neill was awarded the 2010 Regional Tony Award, the first play development and education organization to receive this honor. She is the first woman to lead the conference in its forty six year history. Goldberg is also an award winning director whose own credits include Rebecca Gilman's Dollhouse (Guthrie), Rebecca Gilman's The Crowd You're in With (Goodman), four productions for Arena Stage (where she served as Artistic Associate from 2000-2005), two productions for Actors Theater of Louisville, two productions for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, four productions for The Denver Center, a world premiere for the Alliance Theatre, a world premiere for Florida Stage, Signature Theatre, Round House Theater, and Paper Mill Playhouse among others. Goldberg is also represented on Broadway with Rock of Ages where she served as Creative Advisor. Goldberg will direct the world premiere of Lisa Loomer's Two Things You Don't Talk About At Dinner for the Denver Center in the upcoming season. Wendy serves on the Executive Board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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