Jane Krakowski, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, More Set for Virtual Reading of Beth Henley's The Jacksonian

Readings and Workshops   Jane Krakowski, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, More Set for Virtual Reading of Beth Henley's The Jacksonian
 
The August 27 reading is part of The New Group's Reunion Reading Series.
Jane Krakowski
Jane Krakowski Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The New Group's Reunion Reading Series, featuring original cast members of plays from the company’s first 25 years, will continue August 27 at 7 PM ET with Beth Henley's The Jacksonian.

The reading will feature original cast members including Juliet Brett as Rosy Perch, Ed Harris as Bill Perch, Amy Madigan as Susan Perch, and Bill Pullman as Fred Weber. Tony winner Jane Krakowski will appear in the role of Eva White, the part originated by the late Glenne Headly (1955–2017).

Juliet Brett and Ed Harris
Juliet Brett and Ed Harris

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Set in 1964 in Jackson, Mississippi, 1964 The Jacksonian concerns dentist Bill Perch (Harris), who moves into the Jacksonian Motel when his wife kicks him out. There, his downward spiral is punctuated by encounters with his teenage daughter (Brett), a gold-digging motel employee (Krakowski), a treacherous bartender (Pullman), and his estranged wife (Madigan). Revolving around the night of a murder, The Jacksonian unearths the eerie tensions and madness in a town poisoned by racism.

The Jacksonian was originally produced by Geffen Playhouse and received its New York premiere as part of The New Group’s 2013–2014 season.

Each of the live readings is paired with a local initiative working to support New Yorkers. For The Jacksonian, 10 percent of the proceeds will benefit Race Forward, which catalyzes movement building for racial justice.

The reading will be available to watch on demand until August 30 at 11:59 PM. Tickets are available at $10 for the first 100 tickets and $25 for all remaining tickets at TheNewGroup.org.

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