Monday, October 27, 2008

October 27 is the busiest Monday of the far

What is it about Monday Oct. 27? It has got to be the busiest theatre day of the fall. Check out these invitations I received, all for the same evening:

1) Bill Irwin, Andre De Shields, Heather McCrae and cast members of the Broadway-bound Public Theater production of Hair are scheduled to appear in a 90-minute anniversary benefit for the Workshop Theatre. The party begins 5:45 pm at the Zipper Factory, 336 West 37th Street.

2) Chris Noth (of "Sex and the City Fame"), Bebe Neuwirth ("Cheers"), Anthony Rapp, Christian Hoff (Jersey Boys), Andrea McArdle and Bobbie Eakes rub elbows today in the residence of Ron Pubuda in Central Park South. Laughs, songs and surprises are promised in this "Salon: Six Degrees of Broadway Cares," an evening to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 

3) Marylouise Burke leads a cast that includes Greg Keller, Alex Alioto, Cynthia Silver and Janne Emig in a reading of the Alex Plays by Sam Marks, described as a series of episodes chronicling the deterioration of a troubled young man. Though it's part of Partial Comfort Productions' Welcome Mat series, the reading takes place at Teatro Circulo, 64 East 4th Street.

4) Jordan Beck and Jonathan May are inviting industry people to see their musical Top 8 at the Kirk Theatre on Theatre Row today and tomorrow (Oct. 28). Eight strangers meet in cyberspace. Visit to hear some songs and check out the developmental process.

5) As reported earlier, Jean Claude van Itallie's Tibetan Book of the Dead is getting a one-day only performance at the LaMaMa Annex Theater. The director is Kim Mancuso, with Court Dorsey, Kermit Dunkelberg and Susan Thompson in the cast. Show starts at 8 PM.

6) Playwrights Julia Jordan and Sarah Schulman are gathering a group of female playwrights at the New Dramatists on West 44th Street to discuss what to do with the under-representation of women playwrights in mainstream commercial and nonprofit theaters. It starts at 6 pm.

7) The Polish company Theatre of the Eighth Day presents a short excerpt from The Files and screenings of their past work at 6:30 PM at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center-Graduate Center, CUNY. The Files is a 2007 work based on actual secret police reports kept by the Communist state apparatus on the theatre activity of this company during the period from 1975 to 1983. 

Woven into the story are the private thoughts of the actors during the time these reports were written as well as excerpts from the performances to which the reports referred. Under the sponsorship of the Polish Cultural Institute, The Files is part of a festival of new Polish plays taking place at 59E59 Theaters through Nov. 9. In addition to The Files, the Play Company is producing a U.S. version of the Polish play Made in Poland. And the Immigrants' Theatre Project is presenting a double-bill of Sandbox and The First Time.

What's a conscientious theatre person to do?
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