Pataphysics Benefit Monday May 10

LITTLE THEATRE and DIXON PLACE
in association with The FLEA THEATRE present
A BENEFIT FOT ‘PATAPHYSICS WRITERS WORKSHOPS

Monday, May 10, 2010 — 8:00 pm @ the new Dixon Place
161A Chrystie btw. Delancey & Rivington (F/V 2nd Ave; 6 Bleecker; JMZ Bowery)

Featuring new work by: Scott Adkins, Erin Courtney, Erik Ehn, Rebecca Hart, Jeffrey M. Jones, Kate E. Ryan, Normandy Sherwood, Anne Washburn, Gary Winter, Mac Wellman & Valerie Work

Enjoy an evening of cocktails, prizes and theater! ‘Pataphysics seeks your support as they raise funds to help offset the cost of the Erik Ehn silent retreat for playwrights, to be held this summer.

‘Now in its second year, ‘Pataphysics’ retreat in the Catskills for playwrights is pleased to offer two opportunities—one of which happens to be their longest and most extensive retreat. It also happens to be the most expensive. Your support will help make the retreat affordable for participating writers by covering some of the costs of room and board at the two offsite workshops.

6:30 pm $30 for pre-show cocktails, a chance to buy raffle tickets AND a ticket to Little Theatre
8:00 pm $15 for Little Theatre Only

[line-up after the jump]

IT’S NOT MY FAULT, an excerpt from DOT
By Kate E. Ryan
Music by Mike Iveson,
Lyrics by Kate E. Ryan
Performed by Lynne McCullough
Directed by Anne Kauffman and Mia Rovegno

Linda, a nightclub singer in her 70s, sings of fake memories and real memories.

THE PRIZEWINNER SPURNS HER PRIZE (excerpt)
By Normandy Raven Sherwood
With Jenny Seastone Stern and Kate Benson

There may be the following: 1. A vaulting competition 2. A demonstration of how to calm mutinous factory workers, 3. The destruction of a valuable artwork, 4. A performance of the foremost popular racetrack ballad and/or 5. A mystical prize

THE RULES OF SLEEPAWAY CAMP (excerpt)
By Valerie Work
Performed by: Grant O’Brien

Annie, age 15, is determined that this will be the year that she conquers her sleepaway camp of choice, a selective academic summer program for gifted middle school students. Her roommate, Leila, has never attended before, but quickly falls in love with her new environment, and also with the camp boyfriend she acquires, Kevin. Dodging flying peppermints, deformed Noxema jars, kidnappers, claw-knives, aggressive squirrels, not to mention the ever-present threat of swine flu, the characters doggedly pursue their respective goals until the unexpected happens, at the second weekend Saturday night costume dance.

EMMANUEL
By Gary Winter
Directed by Mia Rovegno
Performed by Jocelyn Kuritsky and Frank De Julio

An excerpt from a new play with a genuine sea serpent and a genuine wingbear and A frozen immigrant.

A DEVIL AT NOON (Excerpt)
By Anne Washburn
Directed Alec Duffy
Performed by Prentice Onayemi
Music: Rick Burkhardt

Set in the bad part of Berkeley in 1981. A play about a science fiction writer with a dimension problem. This is the first scene.

Rebecca Hart will sing two songs from
RUNNING COMMENTARY NO. 4
along with a couple of her own songs. . .

A PIECE
By Mac Wellman
Performed by Steve Mellor

ANOTHER PIECE
By Eric Ehn

LAKEVIEW TERRACE,
By Scott Adkins.
Performed by: Tom Murrin, Jocelyn Kuritsky, Travis York

While staying at a hotel overlooking a non-existent lake, a couple survives the first big rain.

A MAP OF VIRTUE
By Erin Courtney,

A symmetrical play in which a bird statue guides us through a story of coincidence, tragedy and friendship. Part interview, part comedy, part strange middle of the night horror, a group of friends encounter evil and dissect their own responses to it.

A Choral Ode from
A LETTER FROM OMDURMAN
By Jeffrey M. Jones
Performed by: The Structured Finance Division of Goldman Sachs

A text adventure

’Pataphysics students have been produced or developed by, and have received awards from: Humana, The Public Theater, The Flea, Princess Grace Award, Little Theater, SOHO Rep, ONeill Playwrights Conference, Manhattan Theater Club, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Lucille Lortel Playwrighting Fellowship, Printers Devil, Horla Theater (London), BRIC Studios, New Dramatists, NYFA, Whitfield Award, Portland Center Stage, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, HERE, Playwrights Horizons, LaMama, The Cherry Lane Alternative, Annex Theater, Dixon Place, Empty Space Theater, McArthur Foundation Award, The Ontological, Ensemble Studio Theater.

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