'To Die For' highlights 'Brand:NEW' fest

HARTFORD, Conn. — A new work by Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley, Patricia Wettig’s play about Andy Warhol and his mother and a stage piece based on Joyce Maynard’s “To Die For” highlight Hartford Stage’s expanded “Brand:NEW” annual play reading festival, running Sept. 14-25.

A dozen plays will be heard in readings by actors including Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, David Greenspan, Anika Noni Rose, Mary Beth Peil, Jayne Houdyshell, Becky Ann Baker and Logan Marshall-Green. Directors include Ethan McSweeny, Anders Cato, Chay Yew and Michael John Garces.

Plays include J.T. Rogers’ “Seeing the Elephant,” Wayne Lemon’s “Jesus Hates Me,” Sena Jeter Naslun and Elaine W. Hughes’ “Four Spirits,” Wettig’s “My Andy,” Julia Jordan’s “Dark Yellow,” Maynard’s “To Die For,” Henley’s “Exposed,” Jorge Ignacio Cantinas’ “Bird in the Hand,” Kate Fodor’s “100 Saints You Should Know,” Michael Elyanow’s “Lullaby,” Robert O’Hara’s “Antebellum” and Melanie Marnich’s “Cradle of Man.”

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