Friday, February 24, 2023

Matthew Broderick, Sam Waterston, André De Shields & more read Philip Roth classics






Sun, Mar 19 @ 1PM

victoria theater | lizzie & jonathan tisch stage

Join us for a staged reading of The Plot Against America, Philip Roth’s timely and timeless masterwork, by some of the country’s finest actors, co-presented by 92nd Street Y, New York.

The reading features Eric Bogosian, André De Shields, S. Epatha Merkerson, Marjan Neshat, Deirdre O’Connell, Peter Riegert, Tony Shalhoub, Michael Benjamin Washington and Sam Waterston, and consists of three 90-minute acts with two intermissions. James Shapiro, the renowned Shakespeare scholar, assembled the abridgment.

The Plot Against America is part of Philip Roth Unbound, a three-day festival of over a dozen readings and conversations that examine Roth's work and legacy featuring over 40 of today’s most acclaimed actors and authors. Visit to view the full schedule of events.

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 other readings include... 

Newark in Roth’s Life, Work and Imagination
Fri, Mar 17 @ 7PM
Dramatic readings of Philip Roth’s “‘I Always Wanted You to Admire My Fasting’; or, Looking at Kafka” and “The Ruthless Intimacy of Fiction.” Featuring Matthew Broderick and Peter Riegert (Animal House, Local Hero, Crossing Delancey) and others to be announced.

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Philip Roth’s “Defender of the Faith”
Sat, Mar 18 @ 1PM
A dramatic reading by actor Morgan Spector (HBOs The Gilded Age) of one of Roth’s earliest and boldest stories, published to acclaim and outrage in 1959.

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Sabbath’s Theater
A Philip Roth 90th Birthday Celebration

Sun, Mar 19 @ 6:30PM
Join us for a sneak peek of scenes from John Turturro and Ariel Levy’s stage adaptation of Sabbath’s Theater featuring Turturro and actor Jason Kravits. Hosted by Scott Simon. Plus a post-performance conversation with Turturro and Levy, and pre-performance cocktails, cake and live music to celebrate what would have been Roth’s 90th birthday.
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Philip Roth Unbound is produced by New Jersey Performing Arts Center and co-produced by Newark Public Library Trustee Rosemary Steinbaum and publishing and media executive Cary Goldstein. James Shapiro, the Larry Miller Professor of English at Columbia and Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at the Public Theater, serves as Literary Advisor to the festival, with additional curation from Bernard Schwartz, Director of the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y, New York. The Festival is supported by Sharon and Jon Corzine, The M & T Weiner Foundation and Judith Lieberman.