A stellar cast has been assembled for an invitation-only reading of Rich Orloff's award-winning comedy, Advanced Chemistry, at the National Arts Club on Monday, January 14th.
David Glenn Armstrong directs Oscar and Golden Globe Award winner Olympia Dukakis, Emmy Award nominee Louise Lasser, Tony Award nominee Louis Zorich, Jessica Stone, and Michael Citriniti in two one-act comedies that prove when it comes to love and lust, you're never old enough to know better.
Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich, who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, star in Getting Lucky (winner, New Voice Play Festival), a tender comedy about a woman about to have sex for the first time in eighteen years, and a man who wants more than her body.
Mourning Glory (winner, Civic Theatre New Play Contest) stars Louise Lasser and her real-life partner Michael Citriniti in an irreverent romp which explores the question, "How long should you wait before you diddle your late partner's widow?"
Jessica Stone appears in both plays as a catalyst to her elders' amours.
Robin Lane-Krauss, a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio, hosts her twentieth presentation for the National Arts Club. Graham Powell will read the stage directions. Jenny Leon is the Assistant Director.
Michael Citriniti's work as an actor ranges from roles in the horror films, Demonic Toys 2, HIDEOUS! and The Head of the Family, shown on HBO, Cinemax, and the SciFi Channel (hosted by William Shatner), as well as Goodfellas and the award-winning short film, The Spiral, to his stage work in plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Williams and Ionesco, to the development of new plays. Michael has co-produced, directed and performed at Susan Charlotte's Food for Thought Lunch Hour Theatre, having had the rare opportunity and privilege to share the stage with countless theatrical luminaries. Watch for Michael's band, "The Windbreakers," coming soon to a dive near you.
Olympia Dukakis has appeared on Broadway in Rose (Drama Desk nominee) and Social Security. London: Rose (Royal National Theatre), Credible Witness (Royal Court). Off-Broadway: Singing Forest, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie Award), Curse of the Starving Class, Titus Andronicus, A Man's a Man (Obie Award), Electra, and Peer Gynt at The Public Theatre. She is an Academy Award winner for her performance in Moonstruck, a role that also earned her a Golden Globe Award, American Comedy Award, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has appeared in more than 60 feature and short films, including Cloudburst (most recent), Mr. Holland's Opus, Steel Magnolias, Dad, Look Who's Talking I, II & III, Mighty Aphrodite, Jeffrey, Away From Her, among many others. Television: Bored to Death (most recent), Last of the Blond Bombshells (with Judi Dench), Sinatra (Golden Globe nominee), Joan of Arc (Emmy nominee), Tales of the City, More Tales of the City (Emmy nominee), and Further Tales of the City, among more than 40 others. She has performed in over 130 productions Off-Broadway and regionally at theatres including A.C.T., Shakespeare in the Park, Shakespeare & Co., and the Williamstown Summer Theatre Festival, where she also served as Associate Director. Founding member and Producing Artistic Director of the Whole Theatre in Montclair, NJ for 19 years; also a founding member of the Actor's Company and the Charles Playhouse, both in Boston. She taught acting at NYU (graduate school) for fourteen years and teaches master classes for colleges and universities across the country. She has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greek America Foundation and the National Arts Club Medal of Honor and is set to receive her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later this year.