Paul Mazursky Directs Staged Reading of Drama Sin (A Cardinal Deposed)
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Featured review from Natasha Von Lemke
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I did enjoy this, but there are some things you should know that aren't clear in the text for this event.
1. I went last night and it was a staged reading. The actors hold scripts, and to varying degrees, read from them. It's not a polished, finished play at this point.
2. It's a revolving cast. This was advertised as starring Gary Cole & Wendy Malick. Neither of them was in the reading last night.
As long as you know those things, you can decide if you want to go see it. I did enjoy it, thought it was interesting, and Bruce Davison was fantastic.
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This staged reading featuring a revolving cast with impressive TV credentials, and no shortage of talent, presents a play derived from transcripts of the deposition of Cardinal Law in 2002 and the Church documents that were made public during the...continued
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Fortunately I read in someones review on the Goldstar site before I went that it is a staged reading with revolving cast-members--or I would now be furious. For the promoters to leave out this info is despicable. However, I ended up enjoying the...continued
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I was looking forward to this play but was very disappointed to discover it was nothing more than a reading. Nothing in the advertisement indicated that. Additionally, the theatre is located in a very, very bad neighborhood (Alvarado & Wilshire)...continued
This is a staged reading of the play by Michael Murphy, directed by Paul Mazursky.
The rotating cast is drawn from a group that includes Bruce Davison, Gary Cole, Wendie Mallick, James Handy, Dan Lauria, Hamish Linklater, Nicholas Brendon, Joe Spano, Frances Fisher, Christian Campbell, Paul Ben-Victor, Richard Kind, Charles Shaugnessy, John Ciccolini, Carl Bressler, Jack Maxwell and Carlie Nettles.
In Suffolk Superior Court, lawyer Orson Krieger treads a fine line between respect and contempt as he relentlessly pursues answers from the elusive Cardinal Bernard Law, the Archbishop of Boston, for his failure to protect the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of priests in his archdiocese. Every question, every answer, every word of this play was taken from two hearings and one trial. All the characters are real.
Cast & Crew
Paul Mazursky (Director)
Mazursky’s debut as a screenwriter was the Peter Sellers comedy I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968). The following year he directed his first film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (produced by Larry Tucker). His career behind the camera would continue for the next two decades, directing and writing an impressive string of quirky, dramatic and critically acclaimed films including Alex in Wonderland (1970), Blume in Love (1973), Harry and Tonto (1974), the autobiographical Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976), An Unmarried Woman (1978), Willie and Phil (1980), Tempest (1982), Moscow on the Hudson (1984), Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Moon Over Parador (1988), Enemies, a Love Story (1989) and Scenes from a Mall (1991).
In recent years, Mazursky had a small part as “Sunshine” the poker dealer in The Sopranos. He also appeared in five episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm as Mel Brooks’ associate Norm.
Mazursky has received five Academy Award nominations, four for his screenplay writing on Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), Harry and Tonto (1974), An Unmarried Woman (1978) and Enemies, a Love Story (1989), and once as producer of An Unmarried Woman (nominated for Best Picture).
Bruce Davison – Cardinal Law
Bruce is known for the versatility, power and subtlety of his performances, he guest-starred in nine episodes of the highly acclaimed TV series, The Practice beginning with a season’s premiere episode. He also directed his first feature length project, the film Off Season for Showtime, starring Hume Cronin, Sherilyn Fenn and Rory Culkin.
Some of his credits include feature films Breach, The X-Men, The King Is Alive, Apt Pupil and MGM’s At First Sight. Television credits include starring and co-starring roles in many productions including Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Knight Rider, Close To Home, The L Word, the highly dramatic HBO movie Vendetta, Showtime’s Locked In Silence, Hidden In America, The Color Of Justice and as a guest star on the CBS hit show Touched By An Angel which garnered him an Emmy nomination. He also guest-starred on three episodes of Seinfeld.
For his work in the film Longtime Companion, Bruce was nominated for an Academy Award, won a Golden Globe, the New York and the National Film Critics Award and a Spirit Award. Other notable film classics include Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, for which the cast was honored with a special Golden Globe and by the Venice Film Festival, Six Degrees Of Separation, Short Eyes, Last Summer, Ulzana’s Raid, The Strawberry Statement, and the cult favorite Willard.
Bruce also starred in the Off-Broadway sensation, How I Learned To Drive, the Pulitzer-prize winning play by Paula Vogel. In theatre he won both the LA Drama Critics Award and Drama-logue Award for Streamers and The Normal Heart, starred in Broadway productions of The Elephant Man, King Lear and The Glass Menagerie, on the New York stage in A.R. Gurney’s The Cocktail Hour and Richard III, and in Los Angeles in The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (directed by Henry Fonda), A Life In The Theatre and To Kill A Mockingbird.
Gary Cole – Prosecutor Krieger
Gary began his professional stage career in Chicago, where he co-founded the Remains Theatre Ensemble and, in 1985, became a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble. He has appeared in numerous award-winning productions in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Diego, including several plays by both Sam Shepard and David Mamet. Feature films including Pineapple Express, Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby, Conspiracy, The Brady Bunch Movie, I Spy, American Pastime, In The Line Of Fire, A Simple Plan, Office Space, Breach and upcoming releases The Last Stan and Forever Strong. He recently joined the cast of the hit HBO series Entrourage. Other numerous television credits include recurring roles on The West Wing and Desperate Housewives as well as guest and starring appearances in Supernatural, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Shark, Arrested Development, 12 Miles Of Bad Road, American Gothic, Crusade, Fatal Vision and as astronaut Edgar Mitchell in HBO’s miniseries From The Earth To The Moon. As a voice over artist, Gary’s can be heard on several animated series Family Guy, Kim Possible and Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law.
Best known for her role in the hit television series, Just Shoot Me (two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee), Wendie also starred in the HBO original series Dream On (four Cable Ace awards) and appeared in numerous guest roles and TV movies including Nypd Blue, Csi, Seinfeld, Cybil, The X-Files, Take My Advice, Apollo 11, Dynasty: The Miniseries. Theatre: Burleigh Grimes, North Shore Fish (Off Broadway), Blithe Spirit (Williamstown), The Underpants (Geffen), Questa, Round Trip, Vagina Monologues, Santaland Diaries (Los Angeles), The Guys (Studio Arena) ; Film; Confessions Of A Shopaholic, The Goods, Adventureland, Racing Stripes, The American President, Jerome, Waiting, Scrooged, Bugsy, A Little Sex, The Emperor’s New Groove.
While first establishing himself on the stage, he made his big screen debut in 2000’s Groove. That was followed by his role as CNN correspondent Richard Roth in the HBO movie Live from Baghdad. He has since appeared in numerous movies, recently Fantastic Four (2005). He had a recurring role on the television show American Dreams as well as Gideon’s Crossing and currently co-stars on The New Adventures of Old Christine as Julia Louis Dreyfus’ sister. In July 2006, Linklater appeared in Keith Bunin’s The Busy World Is Hushed opposite Jill Clayburgh off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. Recently played Hamlet at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa California, and the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, CT. On Halloween 2007, Linklater appeared in an episode of Pushing Daisies on ABC, entitled “Girth,” playing John Joseph Jacobs, a supposed-dead “horse jockey.” Hamish will soon be seen in The Violent Kind.
Dan Lauria has appeared as a guest star in over seventy television episodic programs and more than twenty Movie of the Weeks. He has a score of film credits which include Stakeout, Another Stakeout, (both with Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Esteves), the commercial blockbuster Independence Day, and, most recently, Big Momma Two with Martin Lawrence and the upcoming Frank Miller production of Will Esiner’s The Spirit. However, Dan is most recognized as the Dad on the highly acclaimed, Emmy winning ABC television show The Wonder Years. Dan is also very familiar face to the off-off, off, and regional theatre scene having performed, written, or directed over 50 professional stage productions.
Michael Murphy (Playwright)
In 2004 when playwright Michael Murphy stumbled across a website with Cardinal Law’s entire deposition from the prievious year’s sex abuse scandal, he immediately knew he had the makings of his next play. To create the 90-minute Sin (A Cardinal Deposed), Mr. Murphy sifted through more than 15,000 pages of church correspondence, witness testimony and condensed two depositions given by Cardinal Bernard F. Law, the leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston in which the cardinal testified under oath in the civil suits bought against him by 88 abuse victims and their families. Just six months later, Murphy had the final draft of Sin (A Cardinal Deposed). The controversial drama premiered at Chicago’s Bailiwick Repertory to wide acclaim. In 2005 Murphy was nominated as playwright for an Obie Award for the play. Other plays include The Conscientious Objector, Absolute Reality, The Alter Boy, The Book of Jeremy, Debating Society, The Legendary St. Vincent Design, The Uninvited Guest.