Actress to star in Off Broadway benefit

Kristen Johnston will topline a reading of Maurine Dallas Watkins’ “So Help Me God!” at a benefit for Off Broadway’s Mint Theater Company.

Watkins wrote the 1927 play “Chicago,” on which the Kander & Ebb tuner was based. Also written in the late 1920s, “So Help Me God!” details the backstage intrigue swirling around a legit diva (Johnston) and her striving understudy.

Martin Platt helms the Mint reading, with a cast that also includes Roderick Hill, Catherine Curtin, Sheffield Chastain and Jeff Steitzer, among others.

Reading is set for June 8 at the Lucille Lortel Theater.

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