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A mystery play by Nan Knighton

Bad Dreams, Nan's new mystery play, had its first reading on 5 February 2007. The reading was coordinated by and held at the office of Jay Binder (who cast Camille Claudel and the current revival of A Chorus Line, among many other shows).

The cast for the reading was made up of the following talented individuals (these bios reflect a few of their credits, and are current as of the reading):

Erin Dilly (Milli Carney) has appeared on Broadway in Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang (Truly Scrumptious, Tony nomination), The Boys From Syracuse, Into The Woods and Follies.

Brian D'Arcy James (Lewis Swan) is currently appearing in The Apple Tree. His other Broadway credits include The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sweet Smell of Success (Tony nomination) and Titanic. He has appeared on film in "Neurotica" and on television in "Rescue Me" and "The Education of Max Bickford."

Ian Kahn (Boone Hutch) is known from television as Everett on "In Men We Trust" and Danny Brecher on "Dawson's Creek." He has also appeared on "Law & Order" and "Sex and the City."

John McMartin (Adler) is currently appearing in Grey Gardens. He has received Tony nominations for his turns in Into The Woods, High Society, Show Boat, Don Juan and Sweet Charity. After originating the role of Oscar on stage in Sweet Charity opposite Gwen Verdon, he reprised the role on film opposite Shirley MacLaine.

Estelle Parsons (Esther Carney) received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her portrayal of Blanche in "Bonnie & Clyde." She is known from television's "Roseanne" as Bev Harris. Her stage credits include Mrs. Dally Has a Lover (Theatre World Award), Miss Margarida's Way (Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination) and Mornings At Seven (Tony nomination). She directed Salome, The Reading on Broadway, with Al Pacino and Marisa Tomei.

David Rasche (Cy Heuston) is known for his Clint Eastwood 'Dirty Harry' take-off on TV's "Sledge Hammer!" He has also appeared on "DAG," "Suddenly Susan" and "Ryan's Hope." He has worked with David Mamet, appearing in such stage productions as Speed-The-Plow (on Broadway), Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Edmond. His screen credits include "Flags of Our Fathers" and "The Sentinel."

Deborah Rush (Charlene Heuston) has appeared on Broadway in Absurd Person Singular and Noises Off (Tony nomination). She played Sara Blank on TV and then film in "Strangers With Candy." She also appeared on screen in "American Wedding."

Paul Schoeffler (Stage Directions) has appeared in the Broadway revivals of Sweet Charity and Nine. He played Mr. Darling and Captain Hook opposite Cathy Rigby in the revival of Peter Pan, which was also preserved on film.

Related Items

5 November 2002 - Letter From Nan
Nan discusses the early development of the play, and the "livingroom reading."

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