Here are the books, stories, and plays presidential actors read at Michelle Obama event’s last night:
James Earl Jones: “I Hear America Singing” by Walt Whitman.
Chris Rock: Take Me Out, a 2002 play by Richard Greenberg.
Blair Underwood: “In the Wine Time” by Ed Bullins.
Sigourney Weaver: “Stove Top Stuffing” by Margalit Fox.
Cynthia Nixon: “The Matchmaker” by Thorton Wilder.
Geena Davis: “69 Cents,” a Gary Shteyngart remembrance published in the New Yorker in 2007
Sam Waterston: “Life on the Mississippi” by Eugene O’Neil.
Jeffrey Wright: “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” by by Eugene O’Neil.
Cherry Jones: Beloved by Toni Morrison.
After the performance, all the actors watched the first lady from an upstairs balcony.
“I miss all the fun stuff,” Michelle Obama lamented to a couple hundred people who had packed into the low-lit sanctuary of 538 Park last night. “They just pull me in.”