The Theatre Lab School of The Dramatic Arts Hosts ‘Late-Night Dramathon’ on May 18th at 10:30 PM

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Rick Foucheux, Nancy Robinette, Michael Russotto, and others featured in fundraising event for The Theatre Lab

On May 18, 2012, favorite Washington actors will perform in readings of new plays by favorite Washington playwrights at Theater J at 10:30 pm.

Professional actors appearing in the Dramathon include:

Rick Foucheux
Kimberly Gilbert
Christopher Henley
Nancy Robinette
Michael Russotto
Kim Schraf
Deidra Starnes
Craig Wallace

In original ten-minute plays by award-winning playwrights:

Norman Allen
Joe Calarco
Renee Calarco
Allyson Currin
Amy Freed
Jennifer Nelson
Ari Roth
John Strand

The Late-Night Dramathon performance is being produced by The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts to raise scholarship funds as part of its Send a Kid to Theatre Camp campaign. Volunteers have been soliciting donations for the campaign since April 4. Those that bring in the largest totals will be performing alongside professional actors in a unique evening of original works. Last year’s Dramathon brought in over $10,000 to benefit The Theatre Lab’s scholarship fund.

“Playwrights will have just 24 hours to complete a brand-new ten-minute play,” Theatre Lab Co-Director Buzz Mauro said. “They’ll write in response to a prompt, and they’ll know which professional will be playing the lead in their play. It’s going to be a blast for everyone involved—especially the audience!”

Buzz Mauro and Deb Gottesman.

“We’re blown away by the generosity of the Washington theatre community,” Theatre Lab Co-Director Deb Gottesman said. “We called the most successful actors and playwrights in town and asked if they would lend their talents to raise money for kids and—without fail—they have embraced this opportunity.  So now, anyone who wants to participate can do so alongside people at the very top of their craft.”

Tickets for the Dramathon are $15, $10 for students, and can be purchased online, or by calling 202-824-0449. Proceeds go to benefit the Send a Kid to Theatre Camp campaign. Theater J is located at 1529 16th Street NW,  in the DC Jewish Community Center, in Washington, DC.

The Theatre Lab enrolls over 300 young people from across the metropolitan area in its summer drama programs each year. More than one-third of participants receive full or partial scholarships from The Theatre Lab. A goal of raising $65,000 during the Send a Kid to Theatre Camp campaign has been set, which will allow 75 disadvantaged children to attend The Theatre Lab’s award-winning summer drama camps.

The Theatre Lab has been listed in the Catalogue for Philanthropy as one of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region, is the winner of the 2010 Mayor’s Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts, and has been recognized as one of the 50 top arts – and humanities – based programs in the country serving youth outside of school hours by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

For more information on The Theatre Lab and the Send a Kid to Theatre Camp campaign – please call (202) 824-0449, or visit their website.

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