Can Do! is the culmination of the 52nd Street Project's nine-week playmaking series in which ten young writers are paired with professional theatre makers to develop and perform an original work penned by the young playwright.
Running through April 5 in the Public Theater's Anspacher Theater, the free performances of Can Do! feature Tony winner Billy Crudup (Coast of Utopia, Elephant Man), James McDaniel (Six Degrees of Separation), Lee Wilkoff (Kiss Me, Kate, Little Shop of Horrors), Elizabeth Marvel (Top Girls, Seascape), Jeremy Beck (Betrayed), Elliot Villar (The Brothers Size), Jeanine Serralles (The Misanthrope), Cynthia Vance, Emily Dorsch, Dominic Colon, Eliza Baldi and Jordan Mahome.
Directors and dramaturgs for Can Do! include Kathleen Foreman, George Babiak, Henry Wishcamper (Port Authority), David Costabile, Sonia Manzano, Liz Flahive (From Up Here), Alex Gersten (Omnium Gatherum), Niegel Smith and Michael Bernard. The performances feature music by Andrew Sherman.
Willie Reale founded the 52nd Street Project in 1981 to improve the quality of life for New York's inner-city children who live in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. Through programs and partnerships with theatre professionals, the 52nd Street Project reaches out to local children by creating theatrical projects tailored to their experiences.
For reservations to Can Do!, phone (212) 642-5052. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street.