Scott, Meloni, Wallach and Jackson Take Part in Neighborhood Playhouse theAtrainplays Gala

News   Scott, Meloni, Wallach and Jackson Take Part in Neighborhood Playhouse theAtrainplays Gala Sherie Rene Scott, Christopher Meloni, Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson are among the luminaries who will be on hand to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.

Scott, Meloni, Wallach and Jackson will be joined by Dabney Coleman, John Leone, Donovan Patton, Tony Randall and other alumni of the famed acting school at the gala performance and reception May 19 at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. The evening (8 PM) will include a performance of theAtrainplays as well as a reception immediately following. The reception will be held at the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue at 67th Street. Created by six teams while traveling the A-train, theAtrainplays is a popular, consistently sold-out event. According to a statement, the plays are created thusly: “On Saturday afternoon, May 17, three librettists will hop on the A train at 207th Street and begin writing the books for three 15-minute musicals, all set on the A train. Before each of the teams begin their journeys, they pick a number between 3-5 to set the number of characters, then chose that number of headshots through a blind draw to determine who is in each piece. When the librettists reach the Far Rockaway stop, they randomly select their collaborative lyricists, composers and choreographers, who have been awaiting their arrival at a nearby McDonalds. At Far Rockaway, 3 playwrights join the train for the journey back to 207th Street while creating their own 10 minute one-act plays, also set on the A train. Six directors meet the creators at 207th Street and they all proceed to Columbus Circle where they meet the pre selected actors, decipher their scribbles, copy the scripts and begin rehearsals. They have until showtime on Monday night to develop these works into the 6 exciting new theatrical experiences to be shared with the Gala audience at the Kaye Playhouse.” Among the writers taking part in this year’s theAtrainplays are Lanny Meyers, Zina Goldrich, Marcy Heisler and Jeremy Schoenfeld as well as choreographer Edie Cowan.

Tickets for the May 19 event are available by calling The Kaye Playhouse at (212) 772-4448 or by visiting the Kaye box office on East 68th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues). Tickets for the performance only are priced at $75; tickets for the performance and reception are $150 or $250. For additional information, visit www.neighborhoodplayhouse.org.