What would a valentine written by Doug Wright, the author of the Marquis de Sade play, Quills, be like? Would you accept a love letter from Mac Wellman, the man behind Seven Blowjobs and A Murder of Crows? These are two of the questions that might drift through your mind if you happen to attend the New Dramatists' Annual Writers' Benefit on Feb. 12.
The main draw of the event, which takes place at 6 PM at New Dramatists' office on 424 W. 44th Street, will be scribes such as Wellman, Wright and a dozen others, on hand to pen a valentine or love letter tailored to your desires (all for a price, of course). Thus, your message of devotion could come from the warped imagination of Fuddy Meers' David Lindsay Abaire. Or Diana Son, creator of Stop Kiss, could persuade your sweetheart to stop and kiss you on Valentine's Day.
Other writers scheduled to take part are avant-garde masters Erik Ehn and Ruth Margraff (for experimental types), as well as Bridget Carpenter, Anne Garcia-Romero, Melissa James Gibson, Karen Hartman, Julie Hebert, Octavio Solis, Caridad Svich and more.
If you're unattached at the moment, and an aspiring actor, you may lay out your money for an audition monologue.
The benefit will also feature the auction of a short play from a member playwright. The winning bidder will see the new play written and performed by a group of actors right before their eyes. Rusty McGee hosted the benefit. Admission is $20. For more information, call (212) 757-6960.
— By Robert Simonson