Gettelfinger, Esper, Huff, Monk and More Will Tell Stories on 5 Stories at Playwrights Horizons

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Performers participating in Playwrights Horizons' annual Stories on 5 Stories benefit — at which mini-plays are presented in spaces throughout the troupe's home — include Debra Monk, Michael Cristofer, Michael Esper and more.

Michael Esper
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The 16 performers appearing Nov. 1 are Tony and Obie Award winner Monk (Assassins at PH; Redwood Curtain, Curtains), Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright and Obie Award-winning actor Cristofer (author of The Shadow Box; screenwriter of "The Witches of Eastwick," actor in Broadway's recent A View From the Bridge), Marylouise Burke (The Savannah Disputation at PH; Is He Dead?, Into the Woods), Esper (Crazy Mary at PH; American Idiot, subUrbia), Sara Gettelfinger (Grey Gardens at PH; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Annie Parisse (Clybourne Park and The Credeaux Canvas at PH; "Law & Order"), Paul Sparks (Essential Self-Defense at PH; Hedda Gabler), Obie winner Michael Potts (Grey Gardens at PH; The America Play), David Aaron Baker (Dead Man's Cell Phone at PH; A Raisin in the Sun), Peter Bartlett (the current A Free Man of Color, The Drowsy Chaperone; "One Life to Live"), Obie Award winner Barry Del Sherman (Moe's Lucky Seven at PH; American Beauty), Hale Appleman (Passion Play, Teeth), Chris Henry Coffey (Frank's Home at PH), Neal Huff (From Above at PH; Take Me Out), Nikki M. James (All Shook Up, The Wiz) and Jennifer Mudge (The Philanthropist, Reckless).


Stories on 5 Stories is Playwrights Horizons' annual walkabout benefit in which short plays by alumni writers are staged in spaces throughout the PH home at 416 West 42nd Street.

Participating alumni dramatists include Kate Fodor (100 Saints You Should Know), Melissa James Gibson (This), Jack Herrick (Wilder), James Lapine (Fran's Bed, Into the Woods), Marlane Meyer (Moe's Lucky Seven and The Chemistry of Change) and Peter Parnell (An Imaginary Life, The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket, Romance Language).

Michael Cyril Creighton, a PH staffer who is the writer, creator and star of the hit online sitcom "Jack in a Box," will also pen a piece. The event will benefit the company's annual programs and productions.

This year's theme for Stories on 5 Stories is "The Devil You Know." Here's how PH bills the experience: "How many devils do you know? Seven of Playwrights Horizons' favorite writers will tackle the devils they know and flirt with the devils they don't at our one-night-only, one-of-a-kind fundraiser. New York City's finest actors perform short plays in unique locations throughout our five-story building; be one of 200 guests to watch a drama unfold in the costume shop or share a comedic moment in a stairwell. A guaranteed devilishly delightful evening." An optional 6 PM dinner at Chez Josephine (414 W. 42nd Street), attended by Playwrights Horizons staff and Board members, as well as some of the evening’s playwrights, precedes the 8 PM performance event. An after-party follows at 9 PM.

Tickets are $175 (a single ticket to the shows and after party) and $325 (a single ticket for the pre-event dinner, shows and after party). Tickets are now on sale. The event is strictly limited to 200 people. All net proceeds from the event will benefit the theatre's 2010-2011 programs and productions.

For tickets and information, visit the Playwrights Horizons website at or call Michelle Kiefel at (212) 564-1235, extension 3143.


Playwrights Horizons, celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season, "is a writer's theatre dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists and to the production of their new work."

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