Broadway Stars Butler, Kudisch, More Celebrate My New York at Benefit, March 29

News   Broadway Stars Butler, Kudisch, More Celebrate My New York at Benefit, March 29 Anne Jackson, Eli Wallach and David Henry Hwang will host My New York a benefit performance of plays by young playwrights and songs that celebrate The Big Apple, March 29 at Lucille Lortel Theatre.

The Lark Play Development Center's present the show which include a cast of Broadway and television stars including Kerry Butler (Hairspray), Ray DeMattis (Little Shop of Horrors), Arthur French (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), Jennifer Gambatese (Hairspray), Olivia Greer, Kathryn Grody (Scapino), Defne Halman, Katherine Hiler (The Kentucky Cycle), Daniel Jenkins (Big River), Marc Kudisch (Assassins), Christy Carlson Romano (Beauty and the Beast), Barbara Walsh (Hairspray), Frederick Weller (Take Me Out), Andrew Zutty and others.

My New York features the plays Waiting Four, Lori's Bad Day and Five More Minutes by young playwrights Josh Cohen, Farah Hussain, and Mickey Pearlstein-Gluck — winners of the Lark's 2004 Youth Playwriting Awards.

Cohen's Waiting Four find three straphangers who discover they have more than the blues in common. Linnet Taylor directs the work by the 16-year-old Cohen, as mentored by Saviana Stanescu.

Hussain's Lori's Bad Day is a "Kafkaesque comedy" about a teenager's really bad day. Giovanna Sardelli directs the play by 17-year-old Hussain, as mentored by Michael Bradford.

Pearlstein-Gluck's Five Minutes More explores the world of a boy who longs for just a few more minutes of sleep to finish his dreams. Steven Williford directs the work of 18-year-old Pearlstein-Gluck, as mentored by Andrea Thome. Proceeds from the benefit will help support The Lark, a not-for-profit center for play and musical development, founded in 1994 by Producing Director John Clinton Eisner. The company formerly went by the name The Lark Theatre Company.

The presentation will play March 29 at 7 PM at the Lucille Lortel Theatre following free school performances March 23 and March 25 for 600 students.

For tickets for the benefit presentation of My New York at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, call The Lark Play Development Center at (212) 246 2609, ext. 24.