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Summer Reading Series Announces Final 3

The Pearl Theatre Company has announced the third installment of its annual reading series, America: Joseph Jefferson's Rip Van Winkle, an interpretation of the classic tall tale by Washington Irving.

Jefferson developed the theatrical project more than 50 years ago to build on both the comedy and sorrow of Irving's archetypical American story. His script focuses on the stereotypes of the characters: "the dissolute but beloved husband and the shrewish wife, though by any but theatrical standards thoroughly justified in her fury," according to a press release.

A special discussion of the piece will be held following the reading with Dr. Elizabeth Bradley, manager of programs at The Cullman Center of The New York Public Library.

The reading will be held Monday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Place, between First and Second avenues. Tickets are limited and cost $25; to purchase call the box office at (212) 598-9802.

The summer reading series will conclude with The Great Divide, by William Vaughn Moody, on Aug. 28 and Home of the Brave, by Arthur Laurents, on Sept. 11. Tickets can be purchased for the remaining three readings, including Rip Van Winkle, for $60.

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