After killing off Edward Herrmann on the series opener of "Oz" earlier this month, writer-producer Tom Fontana  ("Oz," "Homicide" and "St. Elsewhere") brings him back for one night only to star in The Late George Apley, a staged reading to benefit The Acting Company on Monday, January 27, 2003, 7 p.m. at The Culture Project, 45 Bleecker Street.  Hermann will be joined by "Oz" cast mates Zeljko Ivanek and John Doman as well as Dana Ivey and Lisa Banes.  This is not the first time Fontana has done Herrmann in, that was back in the 1980’s on "St. Elsewhere" when he appeared as Father Joseph McCabe. 

Adapted by George S. Kaufman and John P. Marquand from Marquand’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Late George Apley is a clever satire of upper class Bostonians striving to maintain their social status.  Mr. Herrmann is expected to survive the production, which is being presented as one of four benefit staged readings for The Acting Company, founded in 1972 by John Houseman and Margot Harley and considered America’s foremost touring classical repertory company and arts education program.   Its 30th national tour has just begun a 17,000-mile journey to 65 under-served and disadvantaged communities in 34 states.  The tour culminates at The Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York in May.

Upcoming readings for The Acting Company include The Magistrate by Arthur W. Pinero on February 10, directed by John Rando (Urinetown) and starring Tony winner Richard Easton (Invention of Love, Noises Off!); To Fool The Eye, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from Jean Anouilh’s Leocadia and starring Katherine Helmond (House of Blue Leaves, TV’s "Soap" and "Who’s The Boss") on March 24; and Mother and Son on April 14, adapted from Ivy Compton Burnett’s novel, directed by Mark Wing-Davey and starring Marian Seldes (Dinner at Eight) and Thoroughly Modern Millie’s Best Supporting Actress Tony winner Harriet Harris.

Tickets for all readings are $35 and $55 and include a post-performance reception with the director and cast.  Contact: 212-258-3111 for tickets and information.

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