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PlayMakers Rep, Manbites Dog and Wagon Wheel Arts to Present BROADWAY TWISTED, 4/15

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PlayMakers Rep, Manbites Dog and Wagon Wheel Arts to Present BROADWAY TWISTED, 4/15

Join the theater community for a night of fun for a good cause at "Broadway Twisted," a gender-bending musical theater fundraiser. The benefit concert, which features local and Broadway talent performing gender-swapped Broadway hits, will play at Chapel Hill's Local 506 on Monday, April 15 at 8:00pm.

Proceeds from the event will benefit two organizations: New York's Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) and the NC AIDS Action Network (NCAAN), an NC-based AIDS advocacy organization.

Performers will include Obie Award-winner Taylor Mac ("One of the most exciting theater artists of our time," Time Out New York) and Lisa Brescia (Broadway's Wicked, Mamma Mia!), both currently onstage in Cabaret at PlayMakers, with accompanist Mark Hartman (Broadway's Avenue Q, Sondheim on Sondheim). Local talents include Julie Fishell (In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)) and Ray Dooley (Noises Off, An Iliad). The evening will be emceed by PlayMakers Associate Artistic Director Jeffrey Meanza and is directed by Nathaniel P. Claridad.

Tickets are $10, and can be purchased at the door or online at www.local506.com. Raffle tickets will also be on sale at the event. Prize items include Broadway memorabilia, tickets to local theater venues, and more. Due to NC Liquor Laws, membership is required to attend shows at Local 506. Memberships are $3 and available at the door on the night of the performance.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $225 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. BC/EFA awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative, the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Dancers' Resource and the Stage Managers' Project. www.broadwaycares.org

The NC AIDS Action Network (NCAAN) is North Carolina's only statewide advocacy organization dedicated to fighting for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS, their loved ones, and those at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS in North Carolina. NCAAN and our thousands of Action Team members advocate for sound policies that improve access to care and prevent new cases of HIV, educate the public about HIV/AIDS related issues, challenge stigma, and strengthen our statewide community of advocates living with HIV/AIDS and allies. www.ncaan.org

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