Overview

Join us for a staged reading of The Plot Against America, Philip Roth’s timely and timeless masterwork, by some of the country’s finest actors, co-presented by 92nd Street Y, New York. Set in Newark, New Jersey, in the 1940s, The Plot Against America tells the chilling story of what it was like for the (fictional) Roth family and Jews across the country when the isolationist and “America First” aviation hero Charles Lindbergh was elected president of the United States. The story’s resonance with our contemporary political and social climate–along with Roth’s deeply moving coming-of age story—have made this remarkable novel a new classic. The reading features S. Epatha Merkerson, Marjan Neshat, Deirdre O’Connell, Mary-Louise Parker, Tony Shalhoub, John Douglas Thompson, and three other actors to be announced and consists of three 90-minute acts with two intermissions. James Shapiro, the renowned Shakespeare scholar, assembled the abridgment.

This adaptation of Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America” was originally commissioned by, and had its world premiere at 92nd Street Y, New York.

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