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Tony Award nominee Kara Young to star in industry reading of new Douglas Lyons play

The presentation will also feature Biko Eisen-Martin and Michael Rishawn.

(L-R) Kara Young and Douglas Lyons (Credit: Marcus Middleton and Bruce Glikas)

“Table 17,” a new play by Douglas Lyons, will receive two industry presentations on Dec. 7 in New York City. The invite-only readings will be presented by New Works Provincetown and will star two-time Tony Award nominee Kara Young alongside Biko Eisen-Martin and Michael Rishawn. Zhailon Levingston is set to direct.

First commissioned in 2022 by New Works, “Table 17” follows the reunion of formerly engaged Jada and Dallas after two years apart. A developmental workshop and initial reading took place in Provincetown, Massachusetts, earlier this year.

“P-Town is known as the birthplace of American theater, and it has been thrilling to commission and develop exciting new projects here,” said Mark Cortale, producing artistic director for New Works, in a statement. “There’s something truly magical about this place that inspires creativity, and it’s a privilege to bring great writers here to experience that firsthand.”

Rounding out the cast as understudies are Apollo Levine and Alicia Thomas. Casting is by Brandon Weber.

Young received back-to-back Tony nominations for her featured roles in “Clyde’s” and “Cost of Living.” She is currently featured as Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins in “Purlie Victorious.”

Eisen-Martin appeared as Mr. Darcy in a 2019 adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” at the Tony-winning Long Wharf Theatre.

Rishawn reprises his role from “Table 17”’s 2023 developmental workshop and reading.

Lyons made his Broadway playwriting debut with 2021’s “Chicken and Biscuits.” As a performer, Lyons has appeared on the Main Stem in “The Book of Mormon,” “Beautiful” and this year’s Tony-winning revival of “Parade.”

Levingston is no stranger to helming work by Lyons, having directed “Chicken and Biscuits” on Broadway. He also served as associate director for the Broadway run of “Tina,” and currently serves as director of industry initiatives for the Tony-honored Broadway Advocacy Coalition.

New Works Provincetown was established in 2020 by Cortale and Wild Oak Media (incorporated by Jonathan Murray and Harvey Reese).