Love Benefit, Feb. 13, Features Ally Sheedy & Short Plays by Female Playwrights

Love, a one-night only benefit performance that will feature readings of short plays about love by some of today's hottest young women playwrights, will be presented on February 13th at 7 PM at the Diane von Furstenberg Theater (383 West 12th Street, between Washington Street and West Street); it will be followed by an after-party.

Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) will be among the performers in the benefit. Hosted by Diane Von Furstenberg, Love will feature short plays by: Julia Jordan (the upcoming musical Ever After), Brooke Berman (Smashing, now being made into a film produced by Natalie Portman), Cusi Cram (All the Bad Things, currently at LAByrinth), Julia Cho (The Architecture of Loss, NYTW), Jessica Goldberg (Refuge, Hologram Theory), Bridget Carpenter (TV's "Dead Like Me") and Adrienne Shelly (Waitress, with Kerri Russell and Cheryl Hines). The evening is directed by Abby Epstein (Until The Violence Stops, Sundance 2004 Premiere). The after-performance party will feature music by DJ Mr. Blue, open bar, food, and late-night VIP shopping at the Diane Von Furstenberg store. The benefit's executive producers will be Ray & Kit Sawyer, and Sasha Eden and Victoria Pettibone will produce.

WET (Women's Expressive Theater, Inc) was founded in 1999 by Sasha Eden and Victoria Pettibone with a mission to produce work that challenges female stereotypes. Their most recent production was the world premiere of Big Times. Other premiere productions include Julia Jordan's St. Scarlet, Sheila Callaghan's Scab, Rona Muro's Bold Girls and Joyce Carol Oates' I Stand Before You Naked II. WET also recently produced workshops of Lucy Thurber's Bottom of the World at The Public, Tribeca Theater Festival and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and a reading of Adrienne Shelly's screenplay Waitress starring Gretchen Mol, Paul Rudd, Amy Sedaris and Michael Cerveris.

One of the beneficiaries of the evening will be "WET's Risk Takers Film Series", an outreach program for adolescent girls. Recent guests include Academy Award-nominee Frances McDormand, Ally Sheedy and Kerry Washington.


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