TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s online benefit reading of “Shakespeare in Vegas” will feature Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba and Tony Award nominee Patrick Page.
Presented by TheatreWorks’ New Works from Home program, in partnership with Vegas Theatre Company, the play will be streamed for free from 6 p.m. Thursday until 6 p.m. Monday.
Las Vegas native Giovanna Sardelli, who serves as TheatreWorks’ artistic associate and director of new works, helms “Shakespeare.”
Suzanne Bradbeer’s comedy is about a producer and a New York actor joining forces to bring William Shakespeare to Sin City.
Ziemba stars as Margot, an underappreciated New York actor. She has appeared in 11 Broadway shows, winning Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle awards for her performance in “Contact” at Lincoln Center Theater.
Page plays Tony, a Vegas impresario. He has also appeared in Broadway’s “Saint Joan,” “Casa Valentina” and “A Time to Kill,” among other shows. Page received a Tony nomination for his performance as Hades in 2019 for the Tony and Grammy Award-winning “Hadestown.”
Melissa WolfKlain plays Colette, a Las Vegas actor and exotic dancer. She received a 2019 Theatre Bay Area Award nomination for her performance in “Dames at Sea” and has appeared in national tours of “White Christmas” and “42nd Street.”
Adrienne Kaori Walters plays eager newcomer Merrie Jo. Walters also was seen as Wendy in TheatreWorks’ “Peter and the Starcatcher” and in its New Works Festival productions of “Pride and Prejudice” and “Norman Rockwell’s America.”
Nican Robinson plays Mike, a loveable newcomer, and Buck, a man with a vendetta against Tony. Robinson has appeared at regional theaters throughout the country, including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Artist Repertory Theatre and Kansas City Repertory Theatre.
Katherine Hamilton will read stage directions. She has previously directed plays for the UC Santa Barbara Zoom Festival’s “Alone, Together.”
Playwright Bradbeer is a librettist and children’s story writer. Her plays include “Confederates” for TheatreWorks and “The House That Jack Built,” a finalist for the Stanley Drama Award.
Director Sardelli has produced multiple works for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. She has also directed the world premiere of the Obie Award-winning play “Describe the Night” for the Atlantic Theater Company in New York
Although the video is free to stream, donations are encouraged to support TheatreWorks, which has had to cancel a slew of in-theater performances due to the pandemic.
For more information and to stream the reading, visit theatreworks.org.