The Play Company Presents Benefit with Broadway's The Odd Couple, Oct. 7

News   The Play Company Presents Benefit with Broadway's The Odd Couple, Oct. 7 The Play Company, the New York-based Off-Broadway troupe, will team with Broadway's The Odd Couple to host an a special benefit and performance, Oct. 7.

The event will begin with a cocktail reception at Angus McIndoe (258 West 44th Street) at 6:30 PM, followed by the 8 PM performance of the sold-out Odd Couple starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick as directed by Tony Award-winning director Joe Mantello at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

A limited number of prime seats for this special event are available on a first come, first served basis. Patron tickets are $500 and Donor tickets are $350 (portions are tax deductible). For more information visit www.playco.org or call (212) 398-2977. Proceeds will benefit The Play Company's artistic programs.

The Play Company is "an international theatre for new writing that develops and produces adventurous new plays by writers from all over the world," according to materials. "Play Co. 'thinks globally' about culture and ideas, and “acts locally” by connecting out New York City community with a whole world of plays."

The troupe recently co-presented Terrorism Off-Broadway with The New Group and will produce the New York premieres of Lovely Day and Arabian Night in their new season.

Blair Brown — the Tony Award-winning actress of Copenhagen — will stage Leslie Ayvazian's Lovely Day which makes both its New York and American debut this fall. As an actress, Brown is also known for her television title role in "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd." Her most recent New York stage appearance was in Humble Boy at Manhattan Theatre Club. Other credits also include James Joyce's The Dead, Arcadia, The Threepenny Opera and The Secret Rapture.

Trip Cullman — who staged the recent Second Stage Uptown presentation of Adam Bock's Swimming in the Shallows — will direct German playwright Roland Schimmelpfenning's Arabian Night. The work which played the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival will reach New York in the spring of 2006.

Cullman is also set to direct upcoming Off-Broadway debuts of Sarah Schulman's Manic Flight Reaction and Bert V. Royal's "Peanuts" spoof Dog Sees God this fall. The assistant director to Joe Mantello on Take Me Out also staged Off-Broadway's Last Sunday in June and Roulette.

The Play Company previously produced Indian playwright Vijay Tendulkar's Sakharam Binder last season as well as Brooke Berman's Smashing (directed by Cullman) and Northern Ireland scribe Gary Mitchell's Trust the previous season.

For more information on The Play Company, visit them on the web at www.playco.org.

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