EWP to Present Benefit Reading on Jan. 30

East West Players announces One Night Only: The Secret Play Project, a special benefit reading, on Monday, Jan. 30, at the David Henry Hwang Theatre, 120 Judge John Aiso St. in Little Tokyo.


Lily Mariye and Parminder Nagra are both known for their roles on “ER.”


The reading will be directed by award-winning director, writer, and actress Lily Mariye, and will star Parminder Nagra, Rizwan Manji, Marc Anthony Samuel, and Sherri Saum.

“We wanted a unique one-night-only experience for our audience with a little air of mystery,” says EWP Artistic Director Snehal Desai. “Audiences will only find out in person on the 30th what play this star-studded cast will be reading. Just be ready for a great evening of laughter and surprises.”

Best known for portraying Neela Rasgotra on NBC’s hit series “ER,” Nagra was also a series regular on NBC’s “The Blacklist,” playing the CIA operative Meera Malik, and in JJ Abram’s “Alcatraz” on Fox, playing Dr. Lucy Banerjee. She will soon be seen in Season 2 of the critically acclaimed Sky Atlantic and Pivot drama “Fortitude,” also starring Dennis Quaid and Michelle Fairley, set to premiere this month. Most recently, she completed a guest arc on ABC’s “Agents of SHIELD.” Her breakout role was in the international hit Bend It Like Beckham, playing the spirited Jess.