Carrie Preston to Direct OUR DAVID Benefit, 7/7

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Carrie Preston (HBO's "True Blood") is directing a benefit reading of OUR DAVID by Ian Mairs, starring Denis O'Hare (HBO's "True Blood") and Broadway veteran Sloane Shelton for The Hetrick-Martin Institute, Home of the Harvey Milk High School. The show will be presented at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, located on Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street) in Midtown Manhattan.

Curtain is at 8:00 p.m. and running time is 70 minutes. The suggested donation for this event is $20 per person. For tickets and more information, please visit hmi.org/OURDAVID. Seating is limited.

Set in small-town America, OUR DAVID follows uneasy neighbors Velma and Clyde. Velma is a widowed grandmother and longtime resident. Clyde recently moved to town from New York City, looking for solitude after losing his lover and most of his friends to AIDS. The two widows quickly learn to distrust one another, and express it in a series of tragic and hilarious alternating monologues. That is until a tacky statue of Michelangelo's David surprisingly brings them together.

About Carrie Preston
Carrie Preston stars in the dark comedy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominated HBO series "True Blood." However, Preston's breakout role as "Miranda" on the Broadway production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," led to roles in major television series such as "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives" along with acclaimed 2008 films such as Woody Allen's VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA, the Oscar nominated TRANSAMERICA, the Daisy 3 Pictures' (her Production Company) film READY? OK!, and the acclaimed South by Southwest Audience Award-winning film for "Best Feature Film" and Grand Jury Award for "Best Ensemble Cast," THAT EVENING SUN. Always up for the next challenge, she stars in BAG OF HAMMERS due out in August and she directed and produced her upcoming film THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID starring Anne Heche and Alia Shawkat.

About The Hetrick-Martin Institute
The Hetrick-Martin Institute, Home of the Harvey Milk High School, believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. Founded in 1979, The Hetrick-Martin Institute creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth between the ages of 12 and 24 and their families. Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, Hetrick-Martin seeks to foster healthy youth development. Hetrick-Martin's staff promotes excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create innovative programs that other organizations may use as models. For more information visit hmi.org, follow along on http://twitter.com/HetrickMartin or become a fan on Facebook.
*The staged reading is being produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

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