Mini Plays by James Lapine, Peter Parnell and More Will Appear in Playwrights Horizons' 5 Stories

News   Mini Plays by James Lapine, Peter Parnell and More Will Appear in Playwrights Horizons' 5 Stories
Stories on 5 Stories, Playwrights Horizons' annual walkabout benefit in which short plays by alumni writers are staged in spaces throughout the PH home on 42nd Street, will be Nov. 1.

James Lapine
James Lapine Photo by Aubrey Reuben

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 take place at Playwrights Horizons' two-venue Off-Broadway headquarters at 416 W. 42nd Street, and 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." Casting is to be announced. Past Stories actors have included Reed Birney, Judith Blazer, Veanne Cox, Brian Dennehy, Rosemarie DeWitt, Linda Emond, Ana Gasteyer, Annie Golden, Jessica Hecht, Andrea Martin, Debra Monk, Kelli O'Hara, Annette O'Toole, Alison Pill, Carrie Preston, Jamie Lynn Siegler, Phyllis Sommerville, Mary Testa, Christopher Evan Welch, Dianne Wiest and Chip Zien.

An optional 6 PM dinner at Chez Josephine (414 West 42 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, and it is anticipated that tickets will sell quickly. 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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