Watch your back! Tony winner Cynthia Nixon is slated to direct a benefit reading of Jules Feiffer’s 1967 comedy Little Murders at the New Group at off-Broadway’s Theatre Row. The reading will take place on May 19 at the Acorn Theatre, starring America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Caroline Rhea (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Eric Bogosian (Talk Radio), Rory O’Malley (The Book of Mormon), Charles Grodin (Beethoven), Kevin Cahoon (The Lion King), John Doman (The Wire) and Michael Stuhlbarg (The Pillowman).
Little Murders tells the story of the Newquist family, who gathers to meet daughter Patsy’s new boyfriend Alfred—against the backdrop of New York City awash in random acts of violence. Little Murders originally premiered on Broadway in 1967, but the short-lived production only ran for seven performances. A 1971 film adaptation, featuring a screenplay by Feiffer and directed by Alan Arkin, starred Elliott Gould as Alfred and Marcia Rodd as Patsy.
Nixon earned a Tony Award for Rabbit Hole, and two additional nominations for Wit and Indiscretions. She has also appeared on Broadway in The Philadelphia Story, The Real Thing, Hurlyburly, The Heidi Chronicles, Angels in America, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and The Women. Widely known as Miranda Hobbes on TV’s Sex and the City, Nixon’s additional screen credits include Amadeus, World Without End, The Big C, The Babysitters, Tanner on Tanner, Igby Goes Down, Marvin’s Room and Addams Family Values.
Get in the mood for Murders! Revisit the trailer from the 1971 film below.