In The Spoils, nobody likes Ben (Jesse Eisenberg). Ben doesn’t even like Ben. He’s been kicked out of grad school, lives off his parents’ money, and bullies everyone in his life, including his roommate Kalyan (Kunal Nayyar), an earnest Nepalese immigrant. When Ben discovers that his grade school crush is marrying a straight-laced banker, he sets out to destroy their relationship and win her back. The Spoils is a deeply personal and probing comedy written by Jesse Eisenberg, directed by Scott Elliott and featuring the original 2015 cast of Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Erin Darke (Still Alice), Annapurna Sriram (The Happiest Song Plays Last), and Michael Zegen (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Boardwalk Empire). The Spoils enjoyed a world premiere as part of The New Group’s 2014-2015 Season, and a hit production at Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End in 2016, both directed by Scott Elliott.
This play contains adult themes.
$10 for the first 100 tickets – SOLD OUT
$25 for all other tickets
You only need to purchase one spot per household to watch on the same device. A link with instructions and a password to access the broadcast will be emailed on the day of the reading. Closed captioning will be available. The reading will be archived to watch until Sunday, August 2.
For The Spoils, 10% of proceeds will benefit the Immigrant Freelance Artists for Theatre Fund.
Immigrant Freelance Artists for Theatre Fund – The See Lighting Foundation, is an organization started by Filipino lighting designer Cha See (one in two, What to Send Up When It Goes Down). Committed to supporting immigrant theater artists during the global pandemic, the foundation aims to distribute $500 monthly grants to all 60 immigrant artists registered with the foundation for the next six months. See states “Applying for unemployment benefits is a huge risk for us, and many times we are not even eligible to receive benefits. O visa holders are issued their visas to allow them to do specific work in the U.S. so we cannot seek work outside of theatre design legally.” With no concrete plans for theaters reopening, this artistic community is in dire need of financial support due to theater closures and cancellations. The donated money from the Monthly Donation Campaign will be divided among the immigrant designers and artists, including scenic, prop, and costume designers, wig and make-up artists, lighting designers, sound designers, and projection designers. Learn more at SeeLightingFoundation.com