Acclaimed theater company Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) has announced it will present its popular benefit evening STORIES ON 5 STORIES Monday, November 1. The event will feature new works by six of the theater's alumni writers and one rising star and PH staffer: Michael Cyril Creighton (PH debut; writer, creator and star of the hit online sitcom "Jack in a Box"), Kate Fodor (100 Saints You Should Know at PH; Hannah and Martin), Obie Award winner Melissa James Gibson (This at PH; [sic], Suitcase), Tony-Award-winning composer Jack Herrick (Wilder at PH; Broadway's Fool Moon), Tony-Award-winning director/librettist James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George, March of the Falsettos, Falsettoland and Fran's Bed all at PH; Into the Woods), Marlane Meyer (Moe's Lucky Seven and The Chemistry of Change at PH; "Law & Order: Criminal Intent") and Peter Parnell (An Imaginary Life, The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket, Romance Language all at PH). The event will take place at Playwrights Horizons' home at 416 West 42nd Street, and will benefit the company's annual programs and productions.
This year's theme for STORIES ON 5 STORIES is The Devil You Know. Promotional materials state: "How many devils do you know? Seven of Playwrights Horizons' favorite writers will tackle the devils they know and flirt with the devils they don't at our one-night-only, one-of-a-kind fundraiser, STORIES ON 5 STORIES. New York's finest actors perform short plays in unique locations throughout our five-story building; be one of 200 guests to watch a drama unfold in the costume shop or share a comedic moment in a stairwell. A guaranteed devilishly delightful evening."
Participating performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Past STORIES actors have included Reed Birney, Judith Blazer, Veanne Cox, Brian Dennehy, Rosemarie DeWitt, Linda Emond, Ana Gasteyer, Annie Golden, Jessica Hecht, Andrea Martin, Debra Monk, Kelli O'Hara, Annette O'Toole, Alison Pill, Carrie Preston, Jamie Lynn Siegler, Phyllis Sommerville, Mary Testa, Christopher Evan Welch, Dianne Wiest and Chip Zien.
Event Board Chair is Amy McIntosh. Patron Co-Chairs are Evan Hoffman and Eugene Paceleo. Generation PH Chair is Marisa Sechrest. Generation PH is a New Group of young supporters aged 40 and under.
"STORIES ON 5 STORIES is truly a unique event, one that I look forward to every year for its unparalleled originality and for the sense of community it inspires in all who attend: patrons and artists alike," said Artistic Director Tim Sanford. "I'm thrilled to invite this outstanding and eclectic group of artists to write pieces that, whether they take place in the box office or a dressing room, will celebrate our beautiful building, the inherent creativity of theater, and the legacy of Playwrights Horizons. And the after party can't be beat."
The schedule for STORIES ON 5 STORIES will be as follows:
6:00 PM - Pre-show dinner (optional) at Chez Josephine (414 West 42 Street), attended by Playwrights Horizons staff and Board members, as well as some of the evening's playwrights.