The Barrow Group, one of NY's most prestigious Off-Broadway companies, will hold its third annual "Celebrity Doodles And Scribbles Auction" Monday, May 12, at the Princeton Club on West 43rd Street.
Available at this fundraiser will be original, signed drawings and poems by theatre and media celebrities; tickets to Broadway shows; dinners at fine restaurants; merchandise, personal services and a raffle. All donations are tax-deductible.
Along with a silent auction, there'll be cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, starting at 6:30 PM. The honorary chair for the event -- as he was for the previous two -- will be Nathan Lane, recent star of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, as well as The Lisbon Traviata and Love! Valour! Compassion!. He may or may not attend.
This year's drawings and poems will be contributed by such notables as Kevin Bacon, Dixie Carter (Master Class), Blake Edwards, Elton John, Arthur Miller, Neil Simon, Stephen Sondheim, Mike Wallas, Anne Reinking, Mandy Patinkin and Debbie Reynolds. Among this year's items are tickets to the Broadway revival of Chicago, a weekend at the Soho Grand Hotel, and an original painting by Illinois artist Bill Zima.
Proceeds from the event will go to both the Barrow Group's upcoming season and its Theatre Outreach Program For Students (TOPS). TOPS offers free workshops in acting, dance, clowning and improv to disadvantaged New York City youth. For tickets ($45) to the Barrow Group's Celebrity Doodles & Scribbles Auction call (212) 522-1421.
The Barrow Group was recently represented Off-Broadway by their co- production of the long-running Old Wicked Songs, which closed March 9. In other Barrow Group news, co-artistic directors Seth Barrish and Lee Brock recently married, and the troupe's next production will be John Patrick Shanley's Women Of Manhattan, directed by Paul Rice and running May 30-June 29 at the John Houseman Theatre on Theatre Row. Starring in this look at city dwellers coming to terms with loneliness will be Katie Davis, Patrick Kline and Elizabeth Rice.
--By David Lefkowitz