Neuwirth, Garofalo and Strathairn Will Be "At War" for Iraq-Based Work

News   Neuwirth, Garofalo and Strathairn Will Be "At War" for Iraq-Based Work Janeane Garofalo, Bebe Neuwirth and David Strathairn will host the return engagement of The Fire Dept theatre company's "At War: American Playwrights Respond To Iraq."

Erica Gould directs the work that is slated for a Jan. 21-Feb. 4, 2008, run at The Bleecker Street Theatre. Performances will play Mondays evenings at 7:30 PM.

Neuwirth, Strathairn and Garofalo will appear, schedule permitting. The cast will feature a rotating roster of stars.

The newly "expanded and updated version" of the Salon Series reading that took place in June, "At War: American Playwrights Respond To Iraq" is described in an announcement as "an evening of alternately moving, haunting, and funny material by noted and emerging American playwrights, woven together to present a kaleidoscope of views on the war."

Fire Dept artistic directors Jessica Blank, Erica Gould and Audrey Rosenberg craft the new stage project from writing penned by Blank and Erik Jensen, Bathsheba Doran, Cory Hinkle, Rajiv Joseph, Ryan Kelly, Peter Maloney, Jose Rivera, Lynn Rosen and Jonathan Schaefer.

The Fire Dept — initially inspired by The Exonerated and Brave New World: American Theatre Responds to 9/11 — "is made up of established and emerging writers, directors, actors and designers who have come together to create and produce work that cannot be replicated inside a television box or on a movie screen," according to an announcement. Blank (The Exonerated), Gould (Brave New World) and Rosenberg (Elle) serve as artistic directors for the troupe.

Tickets for "At War: American Playwrights Respond to Iraq" at The Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker (near Lafayette St.), are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information visit thefiredept.org.