Mary Beth Peil, Peter Von Berg in “ I take your hand in mine…” on October 4
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:35 am EDT 09/24/21

The Episcopal Actors' Guild welcomes Mary Beth Peil, Peter Von Berg for "I take your hand in mine…" on October 4.

When: Monday, October 4, 2021, at 7:00 P.M. (ET)

Where: Online via Zoom

Tickets: $0-$100, available at https://ticketstripe.com/i-take-your-hand

Running time: Approximately 90 minutes


(New York, NY)Tony Award-nominated (The King and I; Anastasia) and Obie Award-winning actor/soprano Mary Beth Peil and actor Peter Von Berg (American Globe Theatre: Romeo and Juliet; Othello; American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Kennedy Center: Richard III) will be gracing the Guild Hall Zoom with Carol Rocamora's short play based on the 412 love letters of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov and his famous actress wife, Olga Knipper. The piece will be directed by Broadway actor Anthony Newfield (Broadway: 1984; Waiting for Godot; Off-Broadway: Ivanov).

"I saw my first Chekhov play-The Cherry Orchard-when I was in high school," says Newfield. "I was profoundly moved by it. I later went to Russia, studied at the Moscow Art Theatre, and learned more about Chekhov. Years later I was in a production of his Ivanvov. We used a beautiful translation by Carol Rocamora who told me about this play she created using the correspondence between Chekhov and Knipper. Intimate and personal, it's also something all of us can relate to."

All proceeds from this special one-night-only event will go to help NYC's professional performing artists in need.


MARY BETH PEIL (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) is an Obie Award-winning and two-time Tony Award-nominated actress who has made careers from the world of opera to stage and screen. Winning the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions launched two decades as a leading soprano during which she originated the role of Alma in Lee Hoiby's Summer and Smoke, sang with NYCity Opera, Young Concert Artists, and many others. She began her second career on Broadway opposite Yul Brynner in The King and I. Other Broadway productions include Nine, Sunday in the Park with George, Women on the Verge, Follies, Liasons Dangereuse, and Anastasia. Off-Broadway as an Ensemble member of The Atlantic Theater Company, she has also performed with CSC, NYTW, The Public, MTC, Playwrights Horizon and Lincoln Center and Summer Encores. Regional credits include Arena Stage, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, LaJolla, The Globe, LAMusic Center. For TV she created the roles of Grams in the long-running Dawson's Creek and Jackie in The Good Wife, and she was most recently seen as Martha Graham in Halston. On film she can be seen in Song of Sway Lake, Mirrors, Flags of Our Fathers, Odd Couple 2, and Stepford Wives 2.

PETER VON BERG (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) Most recently, Guest Star appearance on The Blacklist. Recurring role of KGB Colonel Vassily on the acclaimed FX TV series The Americans. Stage appearances include Room Service at the Westport Country Playhouse, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Brabantio in Othello at the American Globe Theater, the title role in Uncle Vanya at the 78th Street Theater Lab, Malvolio in Twelfth Night at the Potters Field Theater, Catesby in Richard III at the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford and the Kennedy Center, Peer Gynt with Richard Thomas at Hartford Stage, and a number of plays with Pan-Asian Rep. Peter performed his one-man show, Gogol's Diary of a Madman, which he translated and adapted for the stage, and Pushkin's Little Tragedies at the Baryshnikov Center. Films include a scene with Tom Hanks in Cast Away, The Comey Rule on Showtime (starring Jeff Daniels), Things Heard and Seen (starring F. Murray Abraham), Rollerball, and Funeral Party. TV includes judges and doctors on Law and Order, House of Cards, Person of Interest and others. At EAG, Peter hosts Actors Night, is a George Holland Society member, served fifteen terms as Vice President, and was on Council for many years.

ANTHONY NEWFIELD (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) Broadway: 1984, The Father, The Columnist, The Royal Family, The Winslow Boy, Waiting for Godot, Tartuffe. Off-Broadway: Ivanov (CSC), Susan and God (Mint), etc. Regional theatres include Yale Rep, Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Alliance, Huntington, Coconut Grove, etc. Ireland: The Normal Heart, Tom & Viv, Peer Gynt. Russia: The Grapes of Wrath. Tangier: The Crucible w/ Kenneth Branagh and Derek Jacobi. TV/film: I Melt with You, Diminished Chords, Diagnosis Murder, All My Children, etc. Solo: Beowulf, Steinbeck and the Land. Carbonell Award: Bent. Directing credits include Quiet Car, Adrift, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, The Bunner Sisters, etc. Founder: Poetry for Peace. EAG member since 1978. Council member since 1998. Member of the Executive Committee and the Publications Committee. Co-editor of the Guild's official newsletter, The Eaglet. He looks forward to continuing helping members of our community.

THE EPISCOPAL ACTORS' GUILD (est. 1923) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. EAG 's mission is to provide emergency aid and support to professional performers of all faiths and none who are undergoing financial crisis. The Guild is also dedicated to helping emerging artists advance their careers through scholarships, awards, and performance opportunities. Throughout the year, EAG hosts events and fundraisers including concerts, variety shows, play readings, and professional workshops. www.actorsguild.org
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