Tony Winner Julie White to Host Page 73 Productions 2014 Spring Benefit, 4/25; Debra Monk, Betty Gilpin & More to Perform
Tony Award-winner Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed) is set to host the Spring Benefit for the Off-Broadway theatre company Page 73 Productions on Friday, April 25, at City Winery, 155 Varick Street. The evening's festivities begin at 7:00pm and include dinner, cocktails (including specialty cocktail "The Clare Barron" in honor of the 2014 P73 Playwriting Fellow) and the annual New Play Bake Off.
The annual New Play Bake Off features on-the-spot creations authored by three Page 73 playwrights: Robert Askins (Hand to God), Heidi Schreck (upcoming Grand Concourse at Playwrights Horizons), and Caroline V. McGraw (upcoming The Vaults at New Georges).
What is a New Play Bake Off? These playwrights will incorporate suggestions given by the audience to write Page 73 of a new play during the cocktail hour. During dinner, the audience will be treated to each playwright's submission read by Debra Monk, Betty Gilpin, and Sam Breslin Wright directed by Kip Fagan (The Revisionist starring Vanessa Redgrave and Jesse Eisenberg at Rattlestick; upcoming world premiere of the musical Bull Durham at the Alliance Theatre). Additionally, there will be a special musical performance by Michael Mitnick (Sex Lives of Our Parents at Second Stage Uptown and screenwriter of the upcoming The Giver) of the song "Cecily Smith" from his upcoming premiere Fly By Night at Playwrights Horizons.
Page 73 Productions (under the leadership of Executive Directors Liz Jones and Asher Richelli and Producing Director Michael Walkup) is an Off-Broadway theatre company founded in 1997 dedicated to developing and producing the work of early-career playwrights, through a series of development opportunities, workshops, readings and fully produced productions.
Past productions include: the world premieres of Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue by Quiara Alegría Hudes, directed by Davis McCallum (2007 Pulitzer finalist); Sixty Miles to Silver Lake by Dan LeFranc, directed by Anne Kauffman (2010 New York Times Playwriting Award); Creature by Heidi Schreck, directed by Leigh Silverman; Jack's Precious Moment by Samuel D. Hunter, directed by Kip Fagan; Edgewise by Eliza Clark directed by Trip Cullman; and Grounded by George Brant, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll.
The Benefit Sponsor is the Susan V. Bershad Charitable Fund. Vice-Chairs for the Benefit are Gaily & John Beinecke and Carson & Joseph Gleberman.