Plank Project, Mockumentary by Avenue Q Writer, Revived for Benefit Jan. 26

News   Plank Project, Mockumentary by Avenue Q Writer, Revived for Benefit Jan. 26
 
Avenue Q librettist Jeff Whitty's The Plank Project, a wickedly funny sendup of The Laramie Project and other ambitious socially-relevant theatrical docudramas, gets a benefit reading Jan. 26 in Manhattan.

The original 2003 Off-Off-Broadway cast reunites for the reading, directed by Erik Sniedze, who also helmed last year.

Josh Wood presents the benefit for Everybody Wins, a children's literacy organization.

What exactly is The Plank Project?

"In April of last year, seven New Yorkers traveled to Plank, Washington. They were there to explore a fatality and a town," according to production notes. "Over the next year, they conducted 11,478 interviews with the people of Plank. This is what they found. The result is a new mockumentary theatre piece about hope, ambivalence, hate and neglect. And courage. And hope."

The work played a month at the Kraine Theatre in the East Village starting in January 2003. The Plank Project benefit reading is 8 PM Jan. 26 at LOT 61, 550 W. 21st Street. Tickets are $20. For reservations, call (212) 696-6871. Seating is general admission.

For more information, visit www.plankproject.com.

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The Everybody Wins website is at www.everybodywins.org.

Everybody Wins is a leading national literacy and mentoring non-profit organization devoted to increasing children's prospects for success in school and in life through one-to-one reading experiences. Founded in New York City by Arthur and Phyllis Tannenbaum in 1991, Everybody Wins provides "reading partners" for more than 6,800 elementary school children across the country through two programs — Power Lunch and Readers Are Leaders.

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