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Tony Award-winning Huffman, Judge from Iron Chef America at Inge Center 

The Wonderful Cady Huffman, equally familiar to discerning Broadway audiences as well as television viewers of reality cooking shows, joins a cast of local guest artists in readings of both a new play and a new musical on Sat. Nov. 3 at the William Inge Center for the Arts at Independence Community College. 

Huffman played “Ulla” in the Broadway hit “The Producers,” a scintillating, sexy and hysterical performance for which she won the 2001 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle award.  She thrilled audiences in her Tony-nominated role in “The Will Rogers Follies,” and also appeared on Broadway in “La Cage Aux Folles,” “Steel Pier,” “Dame Edna: The Royal Tour” and Bob Fosse’s “Big Deal.”

Cady is best known by TV audiences for her role on the HBO comedy, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” as well as being a regular judge on “Iron Chef America” for each of its 9 seasons. Other TV includes: “Frasier,” various “Law and Order” series, “Mad About You,” as well as “One Life To Live.”

On the big screen Cady is currently appearing in John Wells' “The Company Men.”  Other films include John Turturro’s musical film “Romance & Cigarettes", "Hero” (with Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis and Andy Garcia), and starring roles in various indie films.

She also produced and stars in “Sunday on the Rocks” which won second place Feature at the New Haven Film Festival.

The 2 p.m. reading is titled “My Base and Scurvy Heart,” an adult musical comedy by Adam Szymkowicz, Dan Moses Shreier and Matt Sherwin, where Huffman plays a saucy, and sexually-confused, pirate captain.  It is directed by Inge Center Artistic Director, Peter Ellenstein.  Huffman then portrays “Ma” in the 7 p.m. reading of “The Benders,” by Anne Phelan, is a dark western comedy based on the notorious serial killers of rural Kansas, it is directed by Tamara Fisch. The public is invited to join the play development process, providing valuable feedback to the creators in post-show discussions with the creative teams and actors.

While in Independence, Huffman, along with members of her cast, will share their performing and show business expertise with ICC and high school drama students from Independence High School as well as other regional High School thespians.

Nellie McKay, professional singer/songwriter/actress and Broadway actor/singer/recording artist Sean McDermott will also perform in both plays.  They are joined by Tulsa-based actor Joseph Gomez and Kansas City-based actor Forrest Attaway.

Area actors in the readings include Lisa Paige and former Independence resident Hannah Joyce-Hoven.  Paige appears in “My Base and Scurvy Heart” and Joyce-Hoven performs in both plays.  Independence Community College students Jonathan Clothier and Angel Woodard join the cast.

“The Benders” is a drama suggested as PG-13 for teens and up.  “My Base and Scurvy Heart” is a musical comedy, but contains adult themes and language and would be rated “R.”  Admission is free to both performances.

This program is presented in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.”

Additional supporter include the William Inge Festival Foundation, Independence Chamber of Commerce, and Independence Community College.