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the Atrainplays, vol XX Story

What do Ashlie Atkinson (Fat Pig), Ryan Duncan (Altar Boyz), Sherie Rene Scott (TONY Nominee, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Tracie Thoms (RENT, the Movie), Alice Ripley (TONY Nominee, Side Show), Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich (Junie B. Jones), Hope Clarke (Caroline or Change), Linda Gabler (Cabaret), Julie Garnye (HAIR Concert), Edie Cowan (Original Little Shop of Horrors), Natalie Douglas (5 time MAC Award Winner), Christine Pedi (Forbidden Broadway), Donovan Patton (EMMY Nominee, Blues Clues), Jay Rogers (When Pigs Fly), Kevin Townley (Shockheaded Peter), Gregory Simmons (Six Degrees of Seperation), John Leone (Les Misarable), Lanny Myers (6 Time EMMY winner), Anika Larson (Zanna, Don't), Cornell Womack (On Golden Pond), Michael Pemberton (Not About Nightingales), Lisa Barnes (Rescue Me), Siobahn Fallon Hogan (Rescue Me, Seinfeld), Lainie Sakakura (Flower Drum Song), Tricia Brouk (Romance and Cigarettes), Eli Wallach, Tony Randall and Anne Jackson have in common? Over the last three years they have participated as a performer, writer, lyricist, composer, choreographer or director for theAtrainplays. theAtrainplays are a celebration of New York, created by six teams while traveling the entire route of the A train from 207th Street & Broadway to Far Rockaway. On Monday evening, September 12th, six librettists will hop on the A train at 207th Street and begin writing the books for six 15-minute musicals, all set on the A train. Before each of the teams begins their journey they pick a number between 3 and 5 to set the number of characters, then choose that number of headshots through a blind draw to determine who is in each piece. When the librettists reach the Far Rockaway stop, they randomly select, through another blind draw, their collaborative lyricists, composers and choreographers, who have been awaiting their arrival at a nearby McDonalds! Six directors meet the creators at 207th Street and they all proceed to Columbus Circle where they meet the pre-selected pool of actors, decipher their scribbles, copy the scripts and begin rehearsals. They have until show time THE NEXT DAY, Tuesday night, September 13th at 8:00 p.m. to develop these works into six exciting new musical experiences to be shared with the audience at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
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