5-22-21 Two Plays by NPR's Peter Sagal, a benefit for the Metropolitan Playhouse
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:33 am EDT 05/19/21

One Act Plays by Peter Sagal, Host of NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

a Benefit for Metropolitan Playhouse

"Mile 22" and "The Taliban"

May 22, 2021 at 8 pm

Obie Award winner Metropolitan Playhouse presents a new live-streamed reading, with a talkback to follow: TOGETHER, APART, a reading of two plays by Peter Sagal to benefit Metropolitan Playhouse.

5/22/2021 at 8:00 pm (Eastern) through 5/26/2021 at 10:00 pm (Eastern)
Running Time: 1 hour
Tickets are $50 for Backstage Pass; $10 for General Admission. The program will be available free of charge on Wednesday, May 26th, 2021.
Available at: www.MetropolitanPlayhouse.org/TogetherApart

The video will be available through Wednesday, 5/26/21 on the Playhouse webpage.

In "Mile 22," a marathon runner does the unthinkable: she stops. And when a seasoned runner stops to help her, they discover a whole new course. In "The Taliban," it is 1997 in America, and a curator of an exhibition of provocative artwork confronts a conservative Congressman with his sights on her funding. Are fundamentalists fundamentally the same?
Before becoming one of NPR's most popular celebrities, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal was best known as a playwright. His play DENIAL premiered at Longwarf Theater in New Haven, CT, in 1995, and at Metropolitan Playhouse in 2007 in a production The New York Times called "an engrossing legal drama."

Contributors who purchase the "Backstage Pass" will be able to join Peter and the company virtually, via Zoom meeting, before the broadcast. Those who purchase General Admission tickets will receive a link to view the readings. The performance will be followed by a chat, including audience participation, with Peter and Virtual Playhouse host Alex Roe.

The reading is directed by Alex Roe, and features Elisabeth Ahrens, Tucker McCrady, John D. McNally, Julie Pham, and Michael Turner.

PETER SAGAL is the host of the Peabody Award-winning NPR™ news quiz Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!™ and the author of The Incomplete Book of Running and The Book of Vice: Naughty Things and How To Do Them. He is a playwright, screenwriter, an amateur athlete, and host of several podcasts and documentaries, including The Chernobyl Podcast from HBO and Constitution USA with Peter Sagal on PBS. Sagal lives in the Chicago area with his wife Mara, son Elliott, and two dogs, DeeDee and Dutchie, who like to see their names in print.

Photo: Peter Sagal

Metropolitan presents readings every Saturday at 8 pm, Eastern Time, and varied programing alternate Wednesday evenings as part of The Wednesday Alternative.

The VIRTUAL PLAYHOUSE began on March 28, 2020, and has evolved in the year to be a video/stage hybrid that far exceeds the expectations of online readings. Exploring the possibilities of "remote" ensemble, Metropolitan has pushed the envelope of Zoom broadcasts, with increasingly sophisticated virtual settings and sound design. Each reading is enhanced by conversation with the artists and a guest scholar for an hour-long live entertainment every Saturday night. Reaching an audience across the country and around the globe, the presentation of the forgotten one-act plays is an ideal way to pursue the theater's mission exploring America's diverse theatrical history.

The Virtual Playhouse is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The Virtual Playhouse is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York state Legislature.

METROPOLITAN PLAYHOUSE, in its 29th season, explores America’s diverse theatrical heritage through lost plays of the past and new plays of American historical and cultural moment. The theater received a 2011 OBIE Grant from The Village Voice for its ongoing productions that illuminate who we are by revealing where we have come from. Called ""invaluable"" by the Voice, Backstage and Talkin' Broadway, Metropolitan has earned further accolades from The New York Times and The New Yorker. Other awards include a Victorian Society of New York Outstanding Performing Arts Group, 3 Aggie Awards from Gay City News, 21 nominations for NYIT Awards (3 winners), and 6 AUDELCO Viv Award nominations.

The Playhouse's virtual readings serve to help us compensate performing artists, so particularly hurt during this long ""pause.""
Information about the theater's ARTISTS RELIEF FUND may be found at
Link http://www.MetropolitanPlayhouse.org/TogetherApart

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