As previously reported, Playlist, a collection of 14 one-act plays from Ars Nova's Play Group will run Jan. 22-25, 2009.
The short works, inspired by song titles, will feature a live band and newly revealed cast members including Christopher Abbott (Good Boys and True), Cassie Beck (Prayer for My Enemy), Aya Cash (Three Changes), Dashiell Eaves (Coram Boy), Isabel Keating (Boy from Oz, Hairspray), Sue Jean Kim (Drunken City), Zach Shaffer and Greg Stuhr (Rough Crossing).
Cathleen Carr and Dalva Deupree will present Two Girls for Five Bucks, featuring their band the Ten Dollar Heartbreakers, March 11-28. Andy Donald directs the "comedy bonanza of loneliness, insecurity and desperation [that] weaves storytelling, rollicking songs, video alter egos, and anti-chick-flick wit into a cozy quilt of delightful shame," according to press notes.
Ars Nova's Out Loud play reading series will feature Deron Bos' Putting the Days to Bed (Jan. 12), A. Rey Pamatmat's Pure (Feb. 2) and Samuel Brett Williams' The Frat (March 16).
Encore presentations from Ars Nova's residency program include Jeffery Self: People I Slept With Who Never Called Me Back (Jan. 31 and Feb. 7), Adira Amram Is: An American Idol (Feb. 4 and 11) and Just Jump! (Feb. 6 and 13). The alternative comedy series, Tragedy Tomorrow, will comprise The Jingle Jangle Sisters (Jan. 29), Brown Ambition (Feb. 5) and What Philosophy Majors Do After College (Feb. 19).
Ars Nova's Uncharted music forum will offer performances of Tony Carnevale's Greatest Hits (Feb. 3), Miracles of Modern Science (Feb. 10) and .357 Lover: An Evening of Unfinished Rock Operas and Concept Albums (Feb. 17).
Special performances include The Book of Aylene (Jan. 8), Tony winner Johnny Gallagher in concert (Jan. 9 and 10), Showgasm (Jan. 30), Happy F***ing Valentines Day with TastiSkank (Feb. 14), Our Lady J: Left to Her Own Devices (Feb. 18) and Radio Play (Feb. 20 and 21).
Ars Nova is located in Manhattan at 511 West 54th Street. For tickets phone (212) 977-1700 or visit www.arsnovanyc.com.