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News Irwin, De Shields, MacRae, Hair Cast and More to Celebrate WorkShop Theatre Anniversary An evening celebrating the 15th anniversary of the WorkShop Theatre Company will be presented Oct. 27 at the Zipper Factory in Manhattan.

The evening of Vaudeville Nouveau — the WorkShop's successful late-night variety show — will begin at 7 PM. Among those scheduled to take part in the evening are Tony winner Bill Irwin, Tony nominee André De Shields, Heather MacRae and members of the original and Broadway-bound casts of Hair.

The celebration will also feature Vaudeville Nouveau's own stars, including burlesquer Rubie Fizz, Ravi The Scorpion Mystic and juggler Sean Blue, along with the singing talents of WorkShop Company Artists Annie Chadwick, Gerrianne Raphael and Joanie Schumacher. WorkShop Theater Company actors will also perform scenes from the new plays featured in the WorkShop's 2008-2009 season.

Pre-show entertainment will be provided by the "rare and ridiculous" Annie Lebeaux.

The Zipper Factory is located at 336 West 37 Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in New York City. Tickets, priced $100-$350 (includes after-party dinner at the Zipper Tavern with an appearance by the Broken Pockets Band), are available by calling (866) 811-4111 or by visiting

* Founded in 1994 as The 42nd Street Workshop, the WorkShop Theater Company is home to 160 professional member playwrights, actors and directors. The company's mission is to "provide a creative home where playwrights, directors and actors can develop their projects with a supportive community of peers, from inspiration to finished production."

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