Summer Smorgasbord at Lamb's Theatre, June 22-July 30

The Lamb's Theatre (130 West 44th Street, between 6th Ave. and Broadway) will hold its first-ever Summer Smorgasbord from June 22nd to July 30th.

The live performance series is "accessible, hysterical and affordable..for as low as $15 a ticket, audiences can take in one of four live original theatre works right in the heart of Times Square," according to a press release.

This summer's Smorgasbord menu includes the following four works:

Man 1, Bank 0 is written and performed by Patrick Combs. "One day in May, Patrick suddenly found himself smack in the middle of a very unusual 'life experiment.' He deposited a $95,000 junk mail check into his ATM and to his absolute astonishment. . . it cashed." This award-winning comedy was a 2004 selection for the HBO Comedy Arts Festival and the winner of "Best of San Francisco Fringe Festival." For more information, visit www.man1bank0.com.

The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players are described as "the Von Trapp Family singers with East Village edge. Jason, Tina and their 11 year old daughter Rachel take vintage slide collections that have been found at estate sales, garage sales, thrift stores, etc., and turn the lives of anonymous strangers into pop-rock musical exposes." A favorite of NYC's downtown scene, The Trachtenburg's have appeared on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," and toured with They Might Be Giants. The Village Voice has called Trachtenburgs "true indie vaudeville!" For more information, visit http://www.slideshowplayers.com/.

My Fake IDs - Sound Bytes of a Teenage Life is written and performed by Margaret Gallo Copeland, directed by Robert Ross Parker, and with additional material by Mark St. Germain. "Drowning in the personalities of five nannies, three sisters, two goats, a Southern gentleman farmer father, an outspoken Italian mother, and assorted reptiles and boyfriends, writer-comedian Margaret Gallo Copeland comes up for air and hears a sound she's never heard before . . . her own voice. This nineteen-year-old performs sensitive yet hilarious comedy that appeals to the teenager in all of us."

For 2 performances only, on July 19th & 20th, a special bonus performances will be offered:

Three-time Emmy award winner Wayne Brady ("The Wayne Brady Show," "Whose Line is it Anyway?," Broadway's Chicago) stars in Ciao, a benefit reading of an original play by award winning playwright Mark St. Germain (Camping with Henry and Tom; Forgiving Typhoid Mary; Ears on a Beatle). "Corporate Superstar Arthur Allman has everything he could possibly want in his life - until his Doctor tells him it might be over tomorrow. With the clock ticking, Ciao takes Arthur and his Audience on a race through his past and present to save his future. A journey filled with love, laughter and lime trees, Ciao is an exciting, provocative look at all of our lives fromthe first hello tothe last goodbye. Don't miss Wayne Brady's original take on this provocative work."

Just a few years ago, the Lamb's Theatre was preparing for demolition. However, with the launch of Summer Smorgasbord, the Lamb's Theatre two performances spaces will be home to six new theatre projects. In addition to the four productions listed above, The Lamb's mainstage will also play host to productions in repertory: Lazer Vaudeville, the hit off-Broadway variety show transferring from the John Houseman Theatre on June 9th and Charles Ross' acclaimed One Man Star Wars Trilogy.

The landmark building on West 44th St. was built in 1904 by famed architect Stanford White, and was home to the oldest theatrical club in America. The tavern downstairs at The Lamb's is said to be where composer Frederick Loewe and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner first met. Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) wrote his first play here, and Richard Rodgers was often heard writing material for a new musical with the working title Away We Go! - later to be changed to Oklahoma! In 1981, the renovated third-floor theatre opened with Harry Chapin's musical Cotton Patch Gospel and was called The Gem of Times Square. A run of more than 50 productions followed including Tina Howe's Painting Churches starring Elizabeth McGovern and Marian Seldes; Breakfast with Les and Bess starring Holland Taylor; Snoopy!; St. Mark's Gospel starring Alec McGowan; Godspell ('89 revival); June Havoc in The Old Lady's Guide to Survival; The Boys Next Door; Beau Jest; Ira Levin's Cantorial; Prince and the Pauper; Silent Laughter, and Children's Letters To God.

To reach the Lamb's Theatre via subway, take the 1/9/2/3, N/R/Q or A/C/E trains to 42nd Street.

Single tickets are $15-$30. Tickets and information are now available at Telecharge.com, (212) 239-6200.

For more information and performance schedules, visit www.lambstheatre.org.


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