The Acting Company presents MUSE
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 07:50 pm EDT 04/15/21


Written and Directed by
Tom Alan Robbins

Featuring: Dakin Matthews and Helen Cespedes

WENESDAY APRIL 21st @ 7:30pm EDT-SUNDAY April 25th @ 7:30 EDT

(NEW YORK, NY - April 15th, 2020) - The Acting Company today announces they will continue their Alumni Spotlight virtual programming series by producing a reading of Muse, a new play by Acting Company alum and Broadway mainstay Tom Alan Robbins. The play will feature Broadway veteran and Acting Company founding member Dakin Matthews (Waitress, Iceman Cometh, To Kill a Mockingbird) and Helen Cespedes (The Acting Company's Rose Tattoo and Red Bull's The School for Scandal). The virtual reading is free for all to enjoy with donations benefitting The Acting Company and Brooklyn For Life(founded by alum Jeffrey Wright).

Muse explores the relationship between a famous artist and the model he's hired for a new series, an aspiring painter herself.Muse won the 2019 New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest and received a reading at the Playroom Theatre in New York.

Muse continues The Acting Company's virtual season that supports projects its company members have initiated. Past Alumni Spotlight pieces includes: María Irene Fornés' Letters from Cuba, Jimonn Cole's Chickens, Samuel Beckett's Endgame, and Tatiana Wechsler's Dear Friends.

Following Muse will be a workshop of Nilo Cruz's Anna in the Tropics directed by Alejandro Rodriguez.

The event is free for all to view and donations are welcome. Register for this event online at www.theactingcompanyevents.org. For more information call (212) 258-3111.


Tom Alan Robbins is best known as an actor, having appeared in eight Broadway shows, including The Lion King for which he created the role of Pumbaa. His first play The Joke the Rabbit Told Me won the NAAA Play reading competition in London and received a reading at the Tristan Bates Theatre in the West End. He began his writing career as the staff writer for an Off-Off-Broadway political cabaret called, Issue? I Don't Even Know You!. He went on to write for the daytime drama Search For Tomorrow and the sitcom Coach. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School.


Helen Cespedes: New York Credits: The Cripple of Inishmaan (Broadway, U/S), The School for Scandal (Red Bull), A Picture of Autumn (Mint). Regional theater credits: Goodman, Old Globe, McCarter, Long Wharf, Two River, Studio Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Barrington Stage Company, among others. Film and television credits include Steven Soderbergh's The Knick and The Way I Remember It. Cespedes graduated from the Drama Division of The Juilliard School.

Dakin Matthews is an award-winning actor, playwright, professor, and dramaturg. He was a Founding Member and current Board Member of The Acting Company, where he appeared in The Hostage, The School for Scandal, The Lower Depths, and Women Beware Women, as well as in several Salon readings. He was also a founding member of Sam Mendes' Bridge Project, where he appeared in The Cherry Orchard and The Winter's Tale. He has been a leading actor in over 250 professional plays, including 11 Broadway shows, and he won a special Drama Desk award for his adaptation of Henry IV on Broadway. He has played many roles at leading theatres across the country including The Lincoln Center Theatre, L.A. Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Rep, among many others. Matthews has also appeared in over 30 feature films including Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, True Grit, and Bridge of Spies. He has made over 300 appearances on television, has taught at many leading drama schools, and has been a dramaturg for many of the theater's leading directors.

Founded in 1972 by legendary producer/director/actor John Houseman and previous Producing Director Margot Harley with members of the first graduating class of Juilliard's Drama Division, The Acting Company has performed 144 productions for over 4 million people in 48 states and 10 foreign countries. The Company has given two generations of actors the opportunity to master their craft in a repertory of classic and news plays. Alumni include Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, Jesse L. Martin, Frances Conroy, Jeffrey Wright, Harriet Harris, Lisa Banes, Hamish Linklater, Keith David, Roslyn Ruff, Andy Grotelueschen, Lorraine Toussaint, and Kelley Curran. Among over a dozen new plays and adaptations commissioned by The Acting Company are works by Lynn Nottage, Tony Kushner, Beth Henley, John Guare, Rebecca Gilman, Maria Irene Fornes, Ntozake Shange, Marcus Gardley, David Mamet and Jeffrey Hatcher. The Company's education programs - Learning Through Theater artistic residencies, student matinees, workshops, master classes, Primary Shakespeare and Shakespeare for Teachers - reach students in disadvantaged schools where achievement levels are often considerably below average. These programs have fostered a renewed interest in learning, improved grades, and expanded communication and social skills. The Acting Company has been honored with numerous awards, including the Obie, Audelco, Los Angeles Critics Circle Award, and a special Tony Honor for Excellence in Theater.
Link http://www.theactingcompanyevents.org

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