Reading: Evening on September 24th

1:50 PM


Dale Soules (Orange Is The New Black, Hands On A Hardbody) will step into a reading of Michael Raver’s new political drama, Evening. Bedlam Artistic Director Eric Tucker will direct the reading on September 24th in New York. Soules replaces the previously announced Roberta Maxwell. 

The piece will also feature Michael Potts (The Book of Mormon, Jitney, The Iceman Cometh) Jack Wetherall (Queer as Folk, Skintight), Vince Nappo (Reign, TFANA’s The Merchant of Venice), Kelley Curran (Sense and Sensibility, TFANA’s The Winter’s Tale) and playwright Michael Raver (The Persians, Death Comes for The War Poets).

Evening brilliantly interweaves the affairs of parliament with the sexual politics of a repressed era,” says Tucker. “The play presents us with extremely conflicted human beings in a timeless situation. The insanity of our current administration directly mirrors the duplicity and visceral ache in what Michael has written.”

It's 1832, London. Arthur Brandon (Nappo), a rising star of The House of Commons, has been campaigning for major reform of corruption that’s long prevailed throughout the English government. Assisted by his tenacious wife, Margaret (Curran) and her prominent parents (Soules and Wetherall), his mission to support the English lower classes is opposed by a powerful and steadfast conservative (Potts). When a mentally unstable friend from Arthur’s youth (Raver) appears, the future of the entire country is placed dangerously close to ruin. 

“Our political beliefs are our personal and spiritual beliefs evidenced,” Raver says. “To me, EVENING is much more than a history lesson. It’s a deep dive into the emotional expenses that have unnecessarily weighed us down for centuries.” 

A two-time finalist for Red Bull’s New Play Festival, a ten-minute version of Evening received a developmental reading at Playhouse on Park in 2014. 

“I’ve been familiar with Michael’s plays for several years,” Tucker continues. “I have always been struck by their incredible humanity and sharp wit.”

The September 24th reading will take place at 7 pm at TheatreLab. Seating is limited. 

For reservations, email eveningplayreservations@gmail.com 



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