Thursday, April 29, 2010

Frances McDormand reading Edith Wharton


I'm writing from a New York theater company called Elevator Repair Service. We're having a reading/benefit on Monday May 3rd that we think would appeal to members of The Edith Wharton Society.

The benefit features readings of "loved, banned, and mythologized" American fiction curated by Paul Muldoon (Pulitzer Prize winning poet) and read by Frances McDormand, Lili Taylor, Frankie Faison, Fred Armisen, and ERS company members. The readings include extracts from The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, read by Frances McDormand.

We will offer a discount code to your members on ovationtix, which is “LIT” getting them $30 balcony seats to the show (normally $50). I pasted a blurb below about the event. Let me know if you are interested.


Lindsay Hockaday
Benefit Coordinator
Elevator Repair Service


American Fiction: Loved, Banned, and Mythologized
A performance to benefit Elevator Repair Service theater company - May 3rd

Elevator Repair Service invites you to an evening of loved, banned, and mythologized American fiction, curated by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon. Hosted by Oskar Eustis (Artistic Director of The Public Theater).

Frances McDormand (Burn after Reading, Fargo), Lili Taylor ("Six Feet Under"), Fred Armisen ("Saturday Night Live"), Frankie Faison ("The Wire"), and ERS company members Vin Knight and Susie Sokol will perform passages from great American literature, accompanied by a live comic and ambient sound score.

ERS is currently finishing the third play in a trilogy of critically acclaimed plays based on great American novels by William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway.

Benefit Readings likely to be:

Lili Taylor - O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

Fred Armisen - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Frances McDormand - The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Frankie Faison - Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville

ERS' Vin Knight & Susie Sokol - The Angel of the Odd by Edgar Allan Poe


Monday, May 3
Cocktail reception (limited admission) 6:30 PM
Performance 8:00 PM


$30 for performance (balcony seating) (chose $50 seats and use code "LIT" to get $20 off)
$50 for performance (right and left orchestra and mezzanine seating)

$125 for reception and performance (orchestra seating)

New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th St at Central Park West

To buy tickets, or for more information, visit, call 718-783-1905, or email