SUMMIT, NJ - The Sam Shepard play reading series will present “Curse of the Starving Class”, December 13 at MONDO.   The reading begins at 8 p.m., and MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue.

The cast consists of local actors who have performed at The Summit Playhouse and / or The Chatham Community Players include Dale Monroe, Stacey Petricha, Jessica Phelan, Jeff Maschi, Richard Kessler, Frank Blauer, FJ DeRobertis, Dennis Conaway and Arnold Buchiane.  The cast will also include the director, Frank Licato.

Curse of the Starving Class is a sophisticated drama that seeks to link deep archetypal themes of human suffering and fate to very specific and contemporary political and social issues.  The family whose plight is dramatized is, indeed, beset by a curse about which they can do nothing, but Shepard refuses to specify what that curse is.  The play is clearly a symbolic drama.

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Director Frank Licato has been a professional director, actor and teacher for over 30 years.  He is Artistic Director of Hudson Theatre Works, a professional theatre in Hudson County, NJ.  His shows have been nominated for 17 Perry awards and he won for best director for "Grapes of Wrath'.   He was honored by the New Jersey Theater Alliance for his directorial work, was named best director at the New York Fringe Festival and Best Director by the Off-Off Broadway Review.

He has acted in movies with Alan Arkin, Martin Sheen, Sylvester Stallone and Frank Sinatra.  He was named best actor by the Boston Critics for his performance in "Judgment" by Barry Collins at the Boston Shakespeare Company and was nominated for an Obie award for his performance in "Deathwatch" by Genet.  Licato is also a well known acting teacher and audition coach.

Seating for the show is limited, and for ticket information contact or call her at 941 / 993-3195.