CAMP Screened at Duplex on April 3 with Live Performance

The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is very pleased to continue it's CINEMA DUPLEX series with a very special screening of the acclaimed 2003 film, Camp. The evening will also feature a live, musical performance from the film's cast, as well as an interview with Todd Graff, Camp's writer/director. Seth Rudetsky, host of the popular Broadway Chatterbox, will host the evening.

The screening will take place on Sunday, April 3 at 8pm. There is a required donation of $10, as well as a two drink minimum. All proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. For reservations, please call 212.255.5438. No one under 21 will be permitted. The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is an intimate, 70-seat space, located at 61 Christopher Street, in the heart of New York's West Village.

Featured in the live musical performance will be members of the film's cast, including (as of press time): Sasha Allen (Dee), Patrick Cubbedge (Patrick), Steven Cutts (Shaun), Robin De Jesus (Michael), Julie Kleiner (Lisa), Daniel Letterle (Vlad), Tony Melson (Tony), DeQuina Moore (Dequina), Brittany Pollack (Brittany), Tiffany Taylor (Jenna) and Caitlin Van Zandt (Ilana). Camp features original music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Michael Gore, Stephen Trask, Robert Telson and Victoria Williams, as well as classic songs from the hit Broadway shows Company, Dreamgirls, Follies and Promises, Promises.

Camp concerns a group of young people at musical-theater camp. While the sports counselor is completely ignored, the kids' spend all their time in rehearsal for a grueling schedule that involves a new show every two weeks. Several personal stories come to the fore: is talented golden-boy Vlad honest in his feelings about Ellen? Can cross-dressing Michael have a relationship with his parents? Will the one-hit-wonder composer and now camp counselor Bert Hanley remain mired in drink and cynicism? Fireworks are in store when Fritzi, who slavishly serves glamour girl Jill, is finally told to get a life, and the parents of Jenna, whose jaw has been wired shut in a compromise to avoid being sent to "fat camp," learn a valuable lesson at the summer's big end-of-season benefit. The film was released by IFC Films.

The evening will also include a live interview with the driving force behind Camp, Writer/Director Todd Graff. Graff conceived of the film, based on his experiences as a young actor at Stage Door Manor, a summer camp for aspiring performers located in upstate New York. Graff received a Tony nomination for creating the role of Danny in the original Broadway production of Baby, and was also featured in the original off-Broadway production of Birds of Paradise. His film work includes appearing as an actor in, among other works: City of Hope, Five Corners, Dominick & Eugene, The Abyss, The Beautician and the Beast (which he also wrote) and Death to Smoochy. He also wrote the original screenplays: Angie, The Preacher's Wife and Used People, among others. His latest screenplay, The Crowded Room, is currently in pre-production, to be released in 2006 under the direction of Joel Schumacher.

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