The Cherry Lane Alternative, the non-for-profit outfit that has for the last few years fostered the Mentor Project benefiting young playwrights, has announced 2001's roster of lucky budding scribes. The quintet of promising writers will be tutored by seasoned dramatists and given a showcase production of one of their plays. This year’s mentors are David Henry Hwang, Craig Lucas, Marsha Norman, Alfred Uhry, and Michael Weller. They will look after the fortunes of, respectively, David Wiener, David Adjmi, Cybele Pascal, Glyn O'Malley and Ross M. Berger.
This season’s new plays receiving showcases are:
• April 11-21: Blood Orange by David Wiener, directed by Anders Cato, featuring Matt Bohmer and Wendy Vanderen Heuzel
• May 9–May 19: Concertina’s Rainbow by Glyn O’Malley, directed by Bob Gasper, featuring Mia Dillon and Jeffrey Plunkett
• May 23–June 2: The Shoebox of Ebbets Field by Ross M. Berger, directed by Hayley Finn
• June 6–June 16: Strange Attractors by David Adjmi, directed by Richard Caliban
• June 20–30: The Allegory of Painting by Cybele Pascal, directed by Leigh Silverman
Tickets are $15. All performances will be Tuesday through Saturdays at 7 PM, with matinees Saturday at 3 PM. For more information, call (212) 989-2159.
—By Robert Simonson