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Savoring a classic for free

Mary_stuart Rafael de Acha's Theater by the Book is getting the jump on Broadway -- at least, on a spring Broadway production -- with a reading of Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart on Sunday, Oct. 5.

British actresses Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter will reprise their roles from the 2005 Donmar Warehouse production of Schiller's 1800 play (Peter Oswald updated the script) at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre beginning March 30, 2009.

DeAcha has cast Annemaria Rajala, Harriet Oser, Jana Tift, Wayne Robinson, Carlos Orizondo, James L. Randolph Jr. and himself in the reading of Schiller's play about the rivalry between Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I.

The drama happens at 1 p.m. at the Bass Museum, 2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach, and admission is free.  For more information, visit the Theater by the Book web site.