Maryann Plunkett, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Chad Morgan, Jay O. Sanders and Ajay Naidu headline SEX, LOVE, DEATH, AND OTHER IMPROBABILITIES, a performance to benefit LITERACY FOR INCARCERATED TEENS
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 01:15 pm EDT 05/11/21


Drama Desk Award winner JAY O. SANDERS and AJAY NAIDU

The reading will benefit

Live on Thursday, May 27 at 9:30 PM

On May 27 at 9:30 PM, The Actor Trade Table Read Series will present David Lewison's Sex, Love, Death, and Other Improbabilities. Directed by Robert Galinsky, the reading will star Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett (Film: Little Women. Broadway: A Man for All Seasons), Tony Award nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson (Film: Fences. Broadway: A Dolls' House Part 2, A Raisin in the Sun), Chad Morgan (Film/ TV" 'This is Us," The Purge: Anarchy ), Drama Desk Award winner Jay O. Sanders (TV: "Blindspot." Broadway: Girl from the North Country) and Ajay Naidu (Film/TV: Office Space, "Blindspot") and is being presented as a benefit for Literacy for Incarcerated Teens.

The Actor Trade Table Read Series features live table readings of stage plays and screenplays and is designed to bring working actors together for the pleasure of online audiences worldwide. Each "episode" of the series also highlights a charity and the work they are doing. The online event is FREE, but RSVPs are required at Eventbrite.

From raunchy bars to cheap motel rooms, from isolated apartments to a seedy movie theater, Sex, Love, Death, and Other Improbabilities follow characters who are in search of romance, or meaning, or even just a simple moment of human connection. Eight short tales show these women and men in their sometimes desperate, often fanciful, and frequently surprising encounters. Blending comedy and drama with touches of both tragedy and farce, these diverse stories of loves both lost and found resonate with quirky unexpectedness and with unexpected moments of redemption and reward...

The cast will also feature up-and-comers alongside the stellar starring cast includes Amber Crawford, G. Smokey Campbell, Reshma Rajan, Robin Gott, Ally Cleveland, Becki Hayes, Daniela Dakich, Antoine Hall, and Nina Dicker.

"By casting established performers (iconic actors for Pete's sake) with up and coming talent, this virtual event embodies the giving spirit at the core of Actor Trade's values and mission. The star-studded reading will help to enable more incarcerated boys and girls to have art programming and fits perfectly with what the Actor Trade app (which is absolutely free) does: serving actors by creating a platform that enables them to: rehearse 24/7 with any actor globally, self-tape for auditions, and read lines to help other actors. In my view, Actor Trade serves actors as much as they possibly can and the ripple effect of that goes beyond the screen or stage we are performing on." Robert Galinsky, Director/Producer
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Thursday, May 27, 2021
9:30 PM – 10:30 PM EDT
Tickets are FREE. To sign up for a viewing link, visit Eventbrite
The event will benefit Literacy for Incarcerated Teens

DAVID LEWISON (Playwright) is a writer and actor whose plays, one-acts, and monologues have been produced by theater companies throughout the United States and internationally, including a recent production of seven of his one-act plays in Korean translations at the Incheon Arts Platform in Incheon, South Korea. A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and the American Film Institute's Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies, David also co-wrote the award-winning comedy short, "Dora Was Dysfunctional," which screened at numerous domestic and international film festivals, aired on the Bravo and Showtime networks, and was short-listed for the Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short. David's acting credits include "Vanilla Sky," "Silicon Valley," and "iCarly," as well as commercials, music videos, and other projects for directors including Michel Gondry, Neil Burger, Tom Kuntz, and Vadim Perelman. Stage appearances include the dual roles of Lane and Merriman in the critically acclaimed McCadden Place Theatre production of "The Importance of Being Earnest," Catesby in "Richard III" at the Secret Rose Theatre, and Howie the Angel in his one-act "In The Desert" at the Egyptian Arena Theatre. David is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Association of Los Angeles Playwrights, SAG-AFTRA, and Actors Equity, and is represented by The Levin Agency in Beverly Hills, California. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, entertainment, and real estate attorney Robyn L. Roth.

ROBERT GALINSKY (Director) is a writer, performer, producer, and director who debuted Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre in his critically acclaimed solo theater piece "The Bench, A Homeless Love Story" and had a subsequent run in Hollywood, California at the Hudson Guild Theater. The Bench https://youtu.be/6IuDxzNmDvE He has written/co-written over fifty TEDx Talks is a contributing editor for The Fresh Toast. His work as a coach, writer, producer, and performer has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Advertising Age, High Times Magazine, the Financial Times, the BBC, NPR, and hundreds more media outlets.

Galinsky is a performance and media coach whose clients include 50 Cent (Rapper/Actor), Libby Moore (Oprah Winfrey's Chief of Staff), Kofi Appenteng (President Africa-America Institute, Board, Ford Foundation), Ariel Barbouth (Founder, CEO Nuchas Empanadas) and many more. He has coached clients for appearances on Shark Tank, The View, ABC Nightline News, the Today Show, and multiple presentations at the United Nations. Galinsky was head speaker coach for TEDx Teen for ten years, from its inception, and his work as a coach and producer has taken him around the globe to such places as India, the United Kingdom, Canada, and South America. Facebook.com/RobertGalinsky

LITERACY FOR INCARCERATED TEENS' (LIT) supports the school library collections at New York City's juvenile justice detention centers; we also partner with the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) at Brookwood residential facility in upstate New York and are expanding our efforts to other residential settings operated by OCFS. In all of our school libraries, LIT works with city and state agencies. LIT's work to provide young people with books and access to programming, which facilitates their literacy skills and their love of reading, has played an invaluable role in the growth and development of the young people the program has served. Teachers, education directors, and librarians from across the state have recognized the vital role that this program has played in young people's lives. LIT has established school libraries in Passages Academy's eight locations. It is the only non-profit in NYC that partners with the DOE to fund collections, enrich programmatic activities and provide other critical resources for the libraries in its Passages Academy and detention centers.

LIT's pioneering work has been credited by officials at the DOE and the NYC Administration of Children's Services (which has responsibility for juvenile justice), school administrators and librarians with providing needs supplemental services, resources, and "powerful opportunities" which have offered a vital lifeline to the teens.

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