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Jarrow, Miranda, Etc. Take Part in 'The Wikipedia Plays'

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Ars Nova will present The Wikipedia Plays, a mini-marathon of short plays that surf the Wikipedia wave through seventeen related entries.  Written by Ars Nova's 2006-2007 Play Group writers, the production run August 3 to August 6 at 7 PM at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street). 
 
"What is 'The Defenestration of Prague?'  And how is it seventeen steps removed from 'Castration Anxiety?'  Wikipedia knows.  In this brave new world of instant gratification where the internet can live in your pocket, one group of writers has created a mini-marathon of short plays that surf the wikipedia wave through seventeen related entries," as described in press materials.  
 
Created and run by Ars Nova's Associate Producer, Kim Rosenstock, "Play Group is an eclectic group of exciting, emerging writers who gather twice a month at Ars Nova to share new work and get peer feedback. It is the theater's goal that the members of Play Group will be inspired by each other, form collaborative relationships, and develop a strong sense of community."
 
The 2006-2007 Play Group writers feature Mike Batistick ("Castration Anxiety"), Evan Cabnet ("Prokop the Great"), Ron Fitzgerald ("Turbulent"), Liz Flahive ("Bohemia"), Sam Forman ("Fetish"), Etan Frankel ("The Defenestration of Prague"), Kyle Jarrow ("Troposphere"), Nick Jones ("Global Warming"), Barry Levey ("Yale Law School"), Carly Mensch ("Democracy"), Elizabeth Meriwether ("Particle Board"), Lin-Manuel Miranda ("Golf Ball"), Rachel Shukert ("Stiletto Heels"), Mat Smart ("Weather Forecasting"), Aurin Squire ("Uncertainties"), Adam Szymkowicz ("Bill Clinton") and Beau Willimon ("Wooden").
 
The Wikipedia Plays are directed by Evan Cabnet, Michael Goldfried, Maria Goyanes, Meredith McDonough, Shira Milikowsky and Moritz von Stuelpnagel.
 
"Just four years ago, Ars Nova opened its doors in memory of Gabe Wiener with the goal of being a home for artists to develop and perform new works in an intimate audience setting.   Since then some of New York's top writers, directors and performers have walked through their doors with ideas and walked out with projects that were ready to be taken to the next level.  Ars Nova produces theater, comedy and music events, making exciting live entertainment accessible to a New York audience at affordable prices.  In addition to fully staged productions, Ars Nova offers a free play reading series (Out Loud), an alternative music and comedy series (Thursdays at 10), a musical theater series (Broadway Spotlight), a composer series (Uncharted) and in-house writers' workshops."

For more information, visit www.arsnovanyc.com.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at SmartTix at 212-868-4444 or www.SmartTix.com.

Photo of Lin-Manuel Miranda by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

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