Concert Reading: Are You Now or Have You Ever Been? By Eric Bentley
Directed by Harris Yulin
Starring James Earl Jones, Matthew Broderick, Paul Hecht, Peter Riegert, Mercedes Ruehl, Barry Scheck, Harris Yulin and featuring Rob Anthony, Ebon Moss Bachrach, Dan Becker, J. Stephen Brantley, Andrew Botsford, Matthew Conlon, Peter Connolly, Rob DiSario, Gerard Doyle, Andrew Feuerstein, Josh Gladstone, Ed Kassar, Isaac Klein, Paul McIsaac, Joe Pallister, Max Samuels, Christian Scheider, Sawyer Spielberg, Eric Svendsen and more.
A riveting drama about the infamous 1950s House Unamerican Activities Committee where those in entertainment were subpoenaed to testify as to their loyalty as Americans and asked to name anyone who was, or suspected of being, a communist. Assembled directly from the transcripts of the hearings, the play uses actual words spoken by Lionel Stander, Abe Burrows, Lillian Hellman, Larry Parks, Elia Kazan, Jerome Robbins, and Jose Ferrer. Equally revealing are the questions asked by the committee members.
In 1957 James Earl Jones made his Broadway debut. Since that time he has performed on stage, television, and in films and continues to receive accolades from every corner of the entertainment industry. In addition to having won two Tony Awards for his work on Broadway in The Great White Hope and Fences, Jones has garnered much praise for more recent stage roles including those he performed in the Broadway productions of On Golden Pond, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Driving Miss Daisy, The Best Man, You Can’t Take It With You and The Gin Game.
Among his numerous and distinguished awards, Jones has received the National Medal of Arts, The John F. Kennedy Center Honor and most recently in 2011, The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented him with an honorary Oscar.
James Earl Jones’ voice is known by people of all ages and walks of life, from Star Wars fans who have long recognized him as the voice of Darth Vader, to children for whom he is Mufasa from Disney’s The Lion King.