Stars flock to Boston play readings

Event runs April 6-9 at Stanford Calderwood Pavilion

Campbell Scott, Douglas Sills and Denis O’Hare are among actors lined up for the Huntington Theater Company’s 2006 “Breaking Ground Festival” of new-play readings, which runs April 6-9 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. Among writers with in-development projects to be read are Theresa Rebeck, Noah Haidle and Ronan Noone.

Sills will star in the new musical based on 1949 pic “Kind Hearts and Coronets,” which starred Alec Guinness. Book is by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak and lyrics by Freedman and Lutvak. Freedman also directs the tuner, which will be performed April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Sills received Tony and Drama Desk nominations when he created the role of Percy in Frank Wildhorn’s “The Scarlet Pimpernel.”

Haidle’s “Persephone,” on April 7 at 8 p.m., will feature Julie White, Jeremiah Kissel and Mimi Leiber. Haidle’s “Mr. Marmalade” appeared Off Broadway as well as at South Coast Rep last year. The play is about a sculptor trying to carve an image of the Greek goddess Demeter, the love of his life.

Valerie Martin adapts her 2003 novel “Property,” which Peter Schneider will direct on April 8 at 8 p.m. Michael T. Weiss, Pamela Gray and Will LeBow star in the drama, about two women on opposite sides of the antebellum racial divide who share the white woman’s husband.

The April 9 matinee, at 2 p.m., is Noone’s “The Atheist,” featuring Scott as a crooked journalist who unveils the mayor’s seamy predilections, only to see the scandal he unravels threaten to backfire. Noone was a 2004 Huntington playwriting fellow.

Rounding out the event is Tony winner Denis O’Hare starring in Rebeck’s “Mauritius,” April 9 at 7 p.m. Justin Waldman directs the play about the world of high-stakes stamp collecting. Rebeck’s previous works include “Omnium Gatherum” and the widely performed “Bad Dates.”

There’s a suggested donation of $10 per person; since seating is limited, reservations are highly recommended. Call the Huntington Theater Company’s box office for reservations, (617) 266-0800.