Crudup, Plimpton, Marvel and Wilkof to Be Part of 52nd Street's Can Do! at the Public

News   Crudup, Plimpton, Marvel and Wilkof to Be Part of 52nd Street's Can Do! at the Public Billy Crudup and Martha Plimpton will take part in the 52nd Street Project presentation of Can Do!: Plays on the Bright Side at the Public Theater in April.
Martha Plimpton
Martha Plimpton Photo by Aubrey Reuben

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 April 3-5 at the Public Theater, the free performances of Can Do! will feature Tony winner Crudup (Coast of Utopia, Elephant Man) and Plimpton (Coast of Utopia, Pal Joey) as well as James McDaniel (Six Degrees of Separation), Lee Wilkof (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 will feature music by Andrew Sherman.

The 52nd Street Project also announced that Dreamgirls and Side Show composer Henry Krieger will set the lyrics of young writers to music as part of the May 11 gala Packing Peanuts: A Moving Experience with The 52nd Street Project. A host of Broadway artists, including Tony winner Michael Cerveris, will perform the new songs. Further details will be announced.

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.