Two-time Emmy Award winner Bobby Cannavale and Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei delivered tour de force performances in a streamed reading of Jon Robin Baitz’s lauded and deeply stirring play Three Hotels.
The special presentation on January 26, 2021, was directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Moisés Kaufman and produced by Tectonic Theater Project. The virtual event raised $113,299 in donations for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The free streamed reading included a special introduction by Baitz and Kaufman, and heartfelt post-performance appeals for donations by Cannavale and Tomei.
Three Hotels, written by one of America’s most revered playwrights, is a deeply human story that unfolds through monologues set in hotel rooms in Morocco, the Virgin Islands and Mexico, as a married couple reflect on their lives as players in the game of international business. It’s described as a masterpiece of humor, tragedy and penetrating insight.
Cannavale and Tomei delivered elegant and searing portrayals as a couple in conflict. Kaufman’s direction revealed the heartbreak, remorse and courage of Baitz’s extraordinary words and storytelling. The personal experience of seeing the two actors onscreen, so close to the viewer, amplified the emotions of their monologues as to surely make them unforgettable.
Cannavale was nominated for Tony Awards for his roles in Mauritius and The Motherf***er with the Hat, and was most recently seen on Broadway in The Lifespan of a Fact with Cherry Jones and Daniel Radcliffe. He received his Emmys for Boardwalk Empire and Will & Grace.
Tomei won the Oscar for her performance in My Cousin Vinny and was nominated for her roles in The Wrestler and In the Bedroom. She most recently was seen on Broadway in 2019 in The Rose Tattoo, her fifth appearance on the Great Bright Way.
Kaufman, who founded Tectonic Theater Project with his husband, Jeff LaHoste, is known for writing The Laramie Project about the cultural conflict surrounding the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard. On Broadway, he received Tony nominations for writing 33 Variations and directing I Am My Own Wife. He’s also directed Broadway’s The Heiress, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and, most recently, Torch Song. He is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.
Baitz is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist whose Other Desert Cities received a Tony nomination for Best Play. Among his other plays are A Fair Country, The Paris Letter, The Substance of Fire and Ten Unknowns. He also created the television series Brothers & Sisters and wrote the screenplay for the film Stonewall.
Tectonic Theater Project is a developmental theater company founded by Kaufman and based in New York City. For nearly 30 years the company has been dedicated to creating new and innovative works for the stage that rigorously explore theatrical language and form while fostering vibrant dialogues with audiences and radical empathy in the global community.