Striking Writers Pen Short Plays for "TV Takes the Stage" Benefit

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Television writers from "Desperate Housewives," "The Wire," "24" and "Law and Order" will pen short works for the stage for an upcoming West Coast benefit entitled "TV Takes the Stage."

Writers from television and film, who have been on strike since Nov. 5, have created a series of short plays to be presented in West Hollywood at the Macha Theater Jan. 31-Feb. 3. Variety reports that proceeds from "TV Takes the Stage" will benefit the Motion Picture and TV Fund to ease financial losses that have affected non-writers within the industry.

"Law & Order" writer Ed Zuckerman has teamed with "Runaway" writers Aaron Tracy and Meredith Philpott to compile 16 plays with subjects ranging from online predators to Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI. Contributing writers include "Law & Order" scribes Diana Son and Warren Leight, as well as Eric Overmyer of "The Wire," Richard Kramer of "Thirtysomething" and "Desperate Housewives" writer Alexandra Cunningham.

Performing the short plays will be screen actors Troy Evans, Ben Feldman, Kari Matchett, Melissa Sagemiller, Reid Scott and Bonnie Somerville. Directors for "TV Takes the Stage" include Shaun Cassidy, Joe Nussbaum and Steven Oritt.

Creators of "TV Takes the Stage" may also bring the fundraiser to New York in the near future, Variety reports.

Tickets for "TV Takes the Stage" range $20-$30 and are available by calling (323) 960-1052 or by visiting www.plays411.com/tv. The Macha Theater is located at 1107 North Kings Road in West Hollywood, CA.

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