On Monday, November 14th at 7:30pm Rising Action will present the first ever public reading of the new comedy/mystery "Who Killed Joan Crawford?" by Carbonell/Silver Palm Award winner Michael Leeds who last season directed Rising Action Theatre's critically acclaimed production of The Boys In The Band.
On a dark stormy night, five men arrive at a cabin in upstate New York to celebrate the birthday of their friend, soap star, TRick Rogers. Each guest is dressed as Trick's favorite actress and mentor, Joan Crawford, in one of her signature roles. But Trick is late, and while waiting for the birthday boy to arrive, the "Joans" begin drinking and dishing until dark secrets emerge, long-held resentments arerevealed and soon there's one Joan less... Who Killed Joan Crawford?!
Michael Leeds: B'way: Swinging On A Star (Writer/Director Tony Award nom. Best Musical). Off-B'way: Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah - The Songs of Allan Sherman (Drama Desk Award nom. Best Director/Best Choreographer). Lypsinka - A Day In The Life (Director/Choreographer), Showing Off (Director/Choreographer, starring Donna Murphy), The First Step (NY International Fringe Festival), Carmelina and 70, Girls, 70 (starring Jane Powell & Charlotte Rae) for the York Theatre's Musicals in Muftiseries. Regional/International: Arthur Miller's Playing For Time (Director/Adapted teleplay, Edinburgh Fringe Festival First Award), A Little Night Music (Director/Choreographer, Houston Grand Opera starring Frederica von Stade & Thomas Allen) and Marc Blitzstein's Regina (Florida Grand Opera starring Lauren Flanigan). Film: choreographed End of Summer (starring Jacqueline Bisset & Peter Weller), co-wrote The Simian Line(starring William Hurt, Lynn Redgrave, Tyne Daly, Harry Connick Jr., Cindy Crawford) and The Last Film Festival, (starring Dennis Hopper, Jacqueline Bisset, Leelee Sobieski & Chris Kattan.) As aS ongwriter: Martin Charnin's Off-B'way revues Upstairs At O'Neals and the No Frills Revue, as well as CBS's The Comedy Zone. His plays include The First Step (authored as Henry Covery) and The Gift. As librettist: Miracles (co-wrote with Joe Stein, score by Sheldon Harnick, Stephen Schwartz, David Shire, Marvin Hamlisch) and a new version of Cole Porter's Red, Hot And Blue (Director/Writer, Goodspeed Opera/Papermill Playhouse) as well as co-writing the book, music and lyrics for Mating Habits of the Urban Mammal, (Broward Stage Door Theatre). In South Florida: the inaugural season of Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center for Performing Arts (Director/Choreographer), the new Lisa Loeb musical, Camp Kappawanna for City Theatre (Director/Choreographer), The First Step (Empire Stage Theatre), The Boys In The Band for Rising Action Theatre, A Little Night Music (Carbonell nom. Best Musical), The Glass Menagerie, Come Blow Your Horn, Mack And Mabel (Carbonell Best Musical), Steel Magnolias and The Light In The Piazza (Silver Palm Award for Direction) for the Broward Stage Door Theatre.
What: Public Reading of "WHO KILLED JOAN
CRAWFORD?" by Michael Leeds
When: 7:30 PM
Tickets: THIS EVENT IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC.