The show, titled Power of Ten: Plays That Count, The Fall 2006 Playmaking Shows, will go up at the Public Theater and star McDormand, Dinklage, Ned Eisenberg, Nancy Giles, Liz Mackay, Robert Sella and Mary Testa along with children involved in the Project.
The children in the show created the work via playwriting classes and collaboration with the actors. They are between the ages of age nine to eleven and many are growing up in poverty. The Project runs this "Playmaking" program twice a year.
The 52nd Street Project is currently undergoing a capital campaign to raise money for a permanent theatre. To that end, in tandem with Power of Ten, the Project is holding a benefit screening of the film "Unaccompanied Minors" — with a question-and-answer session with the film's star and the Project's capital campaign co-chair Lewis Black — on Dec. 5 at the AMC Empire theatres at 234 West 42nd Street.
Though McDormand is best known for winning an Oscar for the film "Fargo," she also has extensive stage experience, having appeared in Broadway revivals of Awake and Sing! and A Streetcar Named Desire (as Stella) and Caryl Churchill's Off-Broadway play Far Away, in addition to many regional roles. Dinklage is best known for his role in the film "The Station Agent" and has appeared at the Public Theater in the title role in Richard III. Black is a standup comedian and actor who appears regularly on "The Daily Show."
Power of Ten will be presented at the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. The show is free but reservations are required. For more information call (212) 642-5052. For the benefit screening of "Unaccompanied Minors," call (212) 333-5252.