In “The Spoils,” Jesse Eisenberg has created a character that is so loathsome, he can’t escape criticism from anyone — including himself. But lest you feel too sorry for the leading actor, rest assured, this play is a comedy.
Written by Eisenberg (and starring him, too), the “deeply personal and probing” play debuted in 2015 on the New Group stage. Now, as the theater remains shuttered, the original cast is reuniting for a special reading of the work. Set to stream July 30 at 7 p.m., the broadcast will benefit the New Group and the Immigrant Freelance Artists for Theatre Fund. Those who miss the livestream can catch the program on-demand through Aug. 2.
For $25 ($10 for the sold-out early-bird ticket buyers), viewers will hear from Eisenberg, Erin Darke, Kunal Nayyar, Annapurna Sriram and Michael Zegen.
“The play is a comedy and it’s accessible, there are familiar elements,” Eisenberg said in an interview with London Theatre in 2016, when the Scott Elliott-directed play was running on the West End. “But I’d also say that it discusses things that are more substantive, themes such as immigration, race, privilege, capitalism — stuff I’m interested in and stuff that in the theatre fits well.”
The next entry into the reunion reading benefit calendar is Beth Henley’s “The Jacksonian.” Starring Juliet Brett, Ed Harris, Jane Krakowski, Amy Madigan and Bill Pullman, the play will stream Aug. 27 at 7 p.m., after which it will be available to watch on-demand through Aug. 30.