Rosario Dawson, Chris Noth, Anthony Rapp and More Take Part in Bingo Benefit March 7

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Anthony Rapp will host Edge Theater Company's third annual Bingo Night at SHOW (135 West 41st St. between 6th Avenue and Broadway) on Monday, March 7th. Rosario Dawson, Chris Noth, Dallas Roberts, Marylouise Burke, and others will appear to call games of bingo. Steve Salad (the King of France), Peter Salett, The Petersons, Lucas Pappaelias, and Less will perform.

Bingo Night 2005 is a fundraiser for Edge Theater Company. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The price of admission includes one bingo card good for the entire night. Prize packages include gifts from Sony, Veuve Clicquot, The New York Knicks, The New Jersey Nets, Broadway and Off-Broadway Shows, MoMA, The Whitney Museum, Malley's Chocolates, Steppin' Out Studios, Knopf Publishers, Nora Matz Massage, Acqua Beauty Bar and more. Proceeds from the benefit will go towards Edge Theater's upcoming production, Orange Flower Water by Craig Wright, directed by Carolyn Cantor at Theater for the New City starting March 26.

Anthony Rapp is best known for originating the role of Mark in Rent on Broadway and will reprise the role in the upcoming film version. His other movie credits include A Beautiful Mind, Dazed and Confused, and Adventures in Babysitting. Rosario Dawson will also star in the film of Rent and can be seen in the upcoming Sin City. Her previous credits include Alexander, The 25th Hour, Men in Black II, He Got Game, Josie and the Pussycats, The Rundown, and Kids. Dallas Roberts was recently seen in the world premiere of Caryl Churchill's A Number opposite Sam Shepard and his other credits include Burn This, Nocturne, Enter the Night, and A Home at the End of the World. He will not be seen in the upcoming Glass Menagerie. Marylouise Burke starred in Edge Theater Company's 2004 production of Now That's What I Call A Storm, the Oscar-nominated film Sideways and is best known for her roles in Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, and Fuddy Meers (Drama Desk Award) Off-Broadway.

Steve Salad is the singer/guitarist of The King of France with whom he has played all over New York at clubs including: Tonic, Pianos, Galapagos, the Living Room, Pete's Candy Store, Brownies, CB's Gallery, Northsix and Fez. Those who should know have compared the band's dynamic and inventive songcraft to that of the Kinks, Pulp, and the Sea and Cake. Yahoo Internet Life called The King of France "…Melancholy cabaret rock whose intelligence and atmosphere are oases in a vast wasteland of prefab pop."

Peter Salett's latest release is "After a While". Based in New York, Peter creates music 'rife with infectious pop melodies and sticky choruses' (Billboard Magazine). He has earned widespread recognition through independent releases, songs featured in several film soundtracks, his participation in four of the last six Sundance Film Festivals, and performing in support of artists such as David Gray, Rufus Wainwright, They Might Be Giants, Ron Sexsmith, John Wesley Harding and Wild Colonials. In June 2004, Peter was interviewed by Ed Norton for Interview magazine.

Adam Stein, Keira Naughton, Pete Simpson, Matt Saldivar and Evan Robertson comprise The Petersons, the fictitious clan group from upstate New York. The Petersons have previously performed at the Sh-K-Boom Room's summer series at The Zipper Theatre and at Joe's Pub. Each performance is a hybrid of a concert and a play. All the actors play instruments, and take turns singing original songs, often bickering comically between numbers. Naughton and Stein play an apparently none-too-happy husband and wife. Shows sometimes feature surprise guests; past guests include Tony winner James Naughton, Keira's dad, Paul Newman, John Cameron Mitchell, Ben Shenkman and Michael C. Hall.

Lucas Pappaelias plays solo acoustic acts under the name "lpfunk", as well as with his band "Cool Hand" at the Mercury Lounge, The Delancey, Luna Lounge. Lucas was just signed on to act in and compose music for Julia Jordan's new play "Walk Two Moons". He also composed original music for "What You Will," an adaptation of Twelfth Night at Juilliard.

Less is Rob Beitzel, Michael Chernus, Adam Rapp, Ray Rizzo and Paul Sparks. The members of the band who recently starred in Finer Noble Gasses by Adam Rapp off-Broadway have just returned from a wildly successful east coast tour..

Carolyn Cantor and David Korins founded Edge Theater Company in 2001 after several years of collaboration at the Williamstown Theater Festival and in New York City. The company is dedicated to producing innovative, challenging work of exceptional quality and imagination with a particular emphasis on new plays. Since its inception, Edge has received a Henry Hewes Award for scenic design from the American Theatre Wing and two Drama Desk nominations. Its production of Adam Rapp's Stone Cold Dead Serious was named one of the 10 Best Off-Broadway Plays of the 2002-2003 Season by The New York Times. Orange Flower Water will be the company's fifth production and fourth New York premiere.

For advance tickets call (212) 868-4444 or online at www.smarttix.com.

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