Thornton Wilder, Henrik Ibsen, Abram Hill to Receive Rare Play Readings at Classic Stage Company | Playbill

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Off-Broadway News Thornton Wilder, Henrik Ibsen, Abram Hill to Receive Rare Play Readings at Classic Stage Company

This series marks the first programming selection from new producing artistic director Jill Rafson.

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Off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company has announced a series of public play readings, titled CSC Spring Playreadings, that will bring a selection of rarely produced plays to the stage exclusively for CSC patrons and members.

The series is the first piece of programming from Jill Rafson, the new producing artistic director for the company.  Said Rafson: “While it would be impossible to encapsulate all of my dreams for CSC in a few plays, I hope this collection of readings will give the audience a taste of what’s to come.”

Three plays will be presented in the series, including Thornton Wilder's unfinished play The Emporium, Abram Hill's On Striver's Row, and The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen (as adapted by David Auburn).

On Strivers Row is the kind of play that should be considered a classic, and we get to give it a new chance to be embraced," shares Rafson. "The Wild Duck combines a canonical Ibsen work with a beautiful new adaptation from one of our great modern playwrights. And The Emporium is an utterly fascinating collaboration between past and present, with the rare opportunity to hear new words from the brilliant Thornton Wilder decades after his passing. They are all so theatrical and so thrilling on their own, and in combination, they are the start of what I’d love to see as a new iteration of the term ‘classic.’”

The Emporium, which is adapted and completed by Kirk Lynn, and which will feature direction by Rob Melrose, will be presented April 28. On Strivers Row, which will feature direction by Tyler Thomas, will be presented May 2. The Wild Duck, which is directed as well as adapted by David Auburn, will be presented May 4. All readings are held at 7PM. 

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