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Alvin Eng, FF Alumn, in a 9/11 reading, Mon. February 11, 2002.

Five Playwrights Give Voice to 9-11
A Benefit Reading of New Works

Something happened on September 11. We were all witnesses. We were all made speechless. Five NYC playwrights wanted to say something. The result is "Floating World," a staged reading of new works responding to what happened to our city.

The Benefit will take place at Dixon Place at Vineyard 26, 309 E. 26th St. (at 2nd Ave.), Monday, February 11 at 8pm. Suggested donations will be $10. As seating is limited we suggest guests arrive early.

Proceeds from the Benefit will go to two nonprofit organizations: Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. The Windows of Hope Fund provides aid to the families of victims of the World Trade Center tragedy who worked in the foodservice profession throughout the entire complex. The Tenement Museum responded to the 9-11 tragedy by initiating programs to address anti-immigrant sentiments. These initiatives build on tolerance programs, established by the museum, exploring cultural differences and similarities.

The five playwrights are Alvin Eng, Steven Fechter, Bill McCarty, Laren Stover, and Wendy Vierow. Their varied artistic backgrounds reflect the diversity of our city.

Alvin Eng, playwright/performer and journalist, is the editor of the play anthology and oral history, Tokens? The NYC Asian American Experience on Stage. His plays and poetry have also been published in the Nuyorican Poets Café anthologies, Action and Aloud; Steven Fechter is a playwright and screenwriter whose theatrical works have been performed at The Actors Studio Free Theatre, E.S.T., HERE, P.S. 122, and DTW among others. His screenplay The Woodsman, based on his play, won 1st prize in this year's Slamdance Screenwriting Competition; Bill McCarty is a comic with many years experience who has appeared on The Rosie O'Donnell Show. He has written a play in homage to his years in the business called Hellgig, featured at E.S.T.'s Octoberfest 2001; Laren Stover is the author of the taboo-breaking novel, Pluto, Animal Lover and dramatically adapted for Naked Angels' works-in-progress. Her dramatic works have also been performed at the Algonquin Hotel, Gilgamesh Theatre, Westbeth Theatre, and E.S.T.; Wendy Vierow has written, directed, choreographed, and performed in her own pieces at Nada, including True Facts, Five Pieces of Revelations, and Three Pieces of Disaster, True Love, and Addiction. Steven Fechter initiated this Benefit Reading, with the help of the participating playwrights.