Parker Posey, Campbell Scott, et al. Set for STORIES ON 5 STORIES Benefit, 10/17


Playwrights Horizons will present its popular benefit evening STORIES ON 5 STORIES: Dirty Laundry on Monday evening, October 17.

The twelve performers include Golden Globe nominee Parker Posey (Hurlyburly, Fifth of July, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show), Campbell Scott (On the Bum at PH; Longtime Companion, The Atheist), Rodger Dodger, The Spanish Prisoner) two-time Tony Award winner, two-time Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Judd Hirsch (I'm Not Rappaport, Conversations with the Father, "Taxi," Ordinary People), Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (upcoming Milk Like Sugar at PH; Caroline, or Change; Jelly's Last Jam; "All My Children"), Tony Award nominee Kathryn Erbe (The Speed of Darkness, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"), Josh Hamilton (Women and Wallace at PH; This Is Our Youth), Tony Award nominee Daniel Breaker (Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine at PH; Passing Strange), Obie Award winner Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park, 100 Saints You Should Know and Miss Witherspoon, all at PH; Engaged), Cristin Milioti (The Retributionists at PH; "30 Rock," Stunning, the upcoming Once), John Procaccino (Broadway's Art, A Thousand Clowns, Conversations with My Father; the upcoming Blood and Gifts at LCT) Nina Hellman (The Internationalist) and the previously-announced five-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Obie Award winner Dana Ivey (Driving Miss Daisy, Sunday in the Park with George, The Savannah Disputation, The Uneasy Chair and The Baby with the Bathwater, all at PH).

The event will feature new works by seven of the theater's alumni writers, including Tanya Barfield (Blue Door at PH), Bathsheba Doran (Kin at PH), Obie Award winner Daniel Goldfarb (The Retributionists at PH), Jonathan Marc Sherman (Sophistry at PH), Jeanine Tesori (Violet at PH) and Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy at PH). Richard Dresser (Gun-Shy at PH) was recently added to the list of writers for this year's event. STORIES ON 5 STORIES will take place at Playwrights Horizons' home at 416 West 42nd Street, and will benefit the company's annual programs and productions.

This year's theme for STORIES ON 5 STORIES is Dirty Laundry. Promotional materials state: "Come see NYC's finest writers and actors air their Dirty Laundry. Seven of Playwrights Horizons' favorite writers will hang it out on the line for everyone to see. Be one of only 200 guests to watch the drama unfold as we present new short plays in unique settings throughout our building. Maybe a quarrelling couple will iron things out in the costume shop. Or you'll see who has a laundry list of issues in the ladies room. One thing's for sure: It'll all come out in the wash. Join us for a special ‘Spin Cycle' dinner with the artists before the show at the adjacent French bistro, Chez Josephine. Authentically Brasilian cocktails will be provided by Cabana Cachaca.

Only 50 tickets remain for this exclusive event.

The Event Board Chair is Rachel Wilder. Patron Chair is Carole Schwartz. Generation PH Chair is Evan Thayer. Generation PH is a group of young supporters aged 40 and under.

"STORIES ON 5 STORIES is one of our favorite events here at Playwrights Horizons," said Artistic Director Tim Sanford. "What started in 2004 as a special event to showcase our then-new home has blossomed into an annual celebration of original writing, unconventional staging and community. Patrons and artists alike have grown to love this event not just because it is such a high caliber ‘unique theatrical experience,' but also because it so manifestly represents who we are as a company.

"Every year, the unusual journey through our back spaces and offices leads our guests to see some of our most cherished New York actors an arm's length away, as well as hear each writer's unique take on the same theme. By the end of the evening you have a true appreciation for the depth of imagination of these writers, the generosity and spiritedness of the actors, and the infectious love for theater that animates the whole event."

Tickets for STORIES ON 5 STORIES can be reserved by visiting the Playwrights Horizons website or by calling Michelle Kiefel at (212) 564-1235 , extension 3143. Tickets are priced at $175 (a single ticket to the shows and exclusive after-party with writers and actors) and $325 (a single ticket for the pre-show, sit-down dinner, shows and after-party).

All net proceeds from Dirty Laundry will benefit developmental programs and productions at Playwrights Horizons.

For subscription and ticket information to all Playwrights Horizons productions, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 , Noon to 8 pm daily, or purchase online at the Playwrights Horizons website at


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