Julie White to Host Page 73 Productions' Spring Benefit, 5/11
Tony Award-winner Julie White (THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED) is set to host the 2012 Page 73 Spring Benefit on Friday, May 11 at 7:00pm at City Winery (155 Varick Street) in Manhattan, it has been announced by Page 73's Executive Directors Liz Jones and Asher Richelli.
The entertainment for the 2012 Page 73 Spring Benefit will include a theatrical "bake off" of sorts by three Page 73 playwrights – Robert Askins, Max Posner and Heidi Schreck. At the top of the evening the playwrights will be given three "ingredients" that are drawn from audience members' suggestions. They will then have one hour to write a new play that includes these three "ingredients." The plays will be rehearsed quickly and presented at the benefit.
Christopher Abbott (Martha Marcy May Marlene with Elizabeth Olsen; HBO's Girls; and the 2011 Broadway revival of House of Blue Leaves) and two other actors to be announced soon will participate in the "bake off".
While the three playwrights are busy writing, benefit attendees will have the chance to sample a selection of private label wine, craft beer, hearty hors d'oeuvres and the specialty cocktail "The Max Posner" – named in honor of this year's P73 playwriting fellow. Attendees will also be treated to the world-premiere of three commissioned new songs by Matt Schatz performed by Tony Award-winner Cady Huffman (The Producers) and Rebecca Naomi Jones (Passing Strange, American Idiot).
Robert Askins was a part of Page 73's Interstate 73 Writers Group in 2010-2011. He was just nominated for the John Gassner Playwriting Award from the Outer Critics Circle for Hand to God, which recently finished a successful run at Ensemble Studio Theatre. He has received two E.S.T./Sloan grants, and an Arch and Bruce Davis Award for Playwriting. He has been commissioned by Divercity Theatre and Baylor University. Rob's play PRINCES OF WACO was produced and developed by Youngblood and developed by 9th and Madison, and his play MATTHEW AND THE PASTOR'S WIFE was a part of Marathon 2010 at the Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Max Posner is Page 73's current P73 Playwriting Fellow. His work includes THE THING ABOUT AIR TRAVEL, THE FAMISHED, THE WAR ON SAFETY (published by Playscripts), YOU ME + THE SPIDERS, and SNORE AND OTHER SORTS OF BREATHING. Max is a 2011 graduate oF Brown University. He is the recipient of the Weston Award in Playwriting and the 2011 Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville. Max was a finalist for Clubbed Thumb's Biennial Commission, is a member of Interstate 73, the Page 73 writers group, and is a founding member of FRANK.
Heidi Schreck was Page 73's 2009 P73 Playwriting Fellow, and Page 73 produced the world premiere of her play CREATURE with New Georges in 2009. Her most recent play, THERE ARE NO MORE BIG SECRETS, was premiered by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2010 after being developed through the P73 Playwriting Fellowship. As an actor, Heidi was recently seen in HOW THE WORLD BEGAN at Women's Project. She has also worked with Actors Theatre of Louisville, Clubbed Thumb, The Empty Space, The Foundry, MCC, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, PS 122, New Dramatists, Printer's Devil (founding member), Soho Rep, SPF, Sundance Theatre Lab, and others. She was named one of Time Out New York's favorite actors in 2007, and in 2008 she received an OBIE for her work as an actor in Two-Headed Calf's DRUM OF THE WAVES OF HORIKAWA at HERE Arts Center.