Tony winners co-starring in online reading to benefit Barrington Stage and The Actors Fund

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The Berkshire Eagle

PITTSFIELD — Tony Award-winning actors Jason Alexander and Patti LuPone, two-time Tony nominee Santino Fontana, and Grammy winner Michael McKean head the cast of a new play by Rob Ulin, "Judgment Day," which will be given an online reading Aug. 22-25 to benefit Barrington Stage Company and The Actors Fund.

Matthew Penn is directing.

The reading premieres 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 and will be available for viewing for 96 hours only through Aug. 25.

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Access is available with a donation of $35 or more at BarringtonStageCo.org/JudgmentDay.

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With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund is a national organization that serves film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance personnel with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services.

"Judgment Day" deals with a deeply corrupt, morally bankrupt lawyer, played by Alexander, who has a near-death experience in which he encounters a terrifying angel (LuPone) who threatens him with eternal damnation. In a desperate attempt to redeem himself, the lawyer teams with a Catholic priest (Fontana), who is having his own crisis of faith as he struggles against Church authority in the person of a monsignor (McKean).

"(This) is ... a smart, funny play with a brilliant cast," Barrington Stage founding artistic director Julianne Boyd said in an announcement released Wednesday. "The play gives us an opportunity to laugh out loud; something we've had little opportunity to do recently."

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Also in the cast are Loretta Devine, Josh Johnston, Bianca LaVerne Jones, Julian Emile Lerner, Justina Machado, Carol Mansell, Michael Mastro and Elizabeth Stanley.

Ulin is a writer and television producer whose writing credits include episodes of "Young Sheldon," "Ramy," "The Middle," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Roseanne," "Ferris Bueller" and "Anger Management."

A Stockbridge native, Penn has well over 200 television directing credits. He was executive producer of "Law & Order" from 2003 through 2007 and directed many of its episodes. In addition to "Law & Order," Penn has directed episodes of "NYPD Blue," "The Sopranos" and "House," among other TV series. His Berkshires stage credits include productions at Shakespeare & Company, Barrington Stage Company, and Berkshire Playwrights Lab. His most recent New York production was Jane Anderson's "Mother of the Maid," with Glenn Close, which he first directed, without Close, at Shakespeare & Company.


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