Join artists & honorary guests for special benefit performances of the 36th Marathon of One-Act Plays

Come celebrate the premiere of fifteen new short plays and support the work of EST at three special benefit performances!

Your ticket includes drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres during the show, followed by a dessert reception with that evening's playwrights, directors, and casts. Also present will be legendary theater artists who have graced the EST stage throughout our history, including Lois Smith*, David Auburn*, and Jerry Zaks*!

Series A - Wednesday, May 17th, 6:30pm
                 With honorary guest Lois Smith*

Series B - Thursday, June 1st, 6:30pm
                 With Honorary Guest David Auburn*

Series C - Wednesday, June 14th, 6:30pm
                 With Honorary guest Jerry Zaks*

Tickets are $100 per performance and $75 of that price is tax-deductible. Don't miss this chance to celebrate the short play form in style with the artists that have embraced it, all in support of the Ensemble Studio Theatre.

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Honorary Guests:

Lois Smith* is a winner of Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Lucille Lortel awards and is a two-time Tony Award nominee. She is a member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame, and in 2013 received the Lifetime Achievement Obie Award for her excellence in Off-Broadway theater. She has appeared on film and television in East of Eden, True Blood, and Marjorie Prime among others. Her Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include The Glass Menagerie with Helen Hayes, Buried Child, John, and The Trip to Bountiful. She is an EST Ensemble Artist and last appeared here in a reading of Eric Conger's Beautiful Boy.

David Auburn* is a playwright, director, and screenwriter. His play Proof won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play. Other plays include Lost Lake (MTC), The Columnist (MTC/Broadway)and An Upset and Amateurs for EST Marathons. He recently directed the acclaimed Chicago revival of Long Day's Journey Into Night starring Harris Yulin. Film work includes The Girl in the Park (writer/director) and The Lake House. He is an EST Ensemble Artist.

Jerry Zaks* has won four Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, and an Obie Award. Mr. Zaks has directed many Broadways shows including the current productions of Hello Dolly! and A Bronx Tale. Also, Sister Act, The Addams Family, Guys and Dolls, Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me a Tenor, House of Blue Leaves, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Anything Goes, Little Shop of Horrors, and more. He also directed the award-winning film Marvin’s Room. Mr. Zaks received SDC's Mr. Abbott Award for lifetime achievement and an honorary doctorate of fine arts from his alma mater, Dartmouth College. He is a 2013 inductee to the Theater Hall of Fame. Mr. Zaks is a founding member of the Ensemble Studio Theater and serves on the Board of Directors.

*Denotes Ensemble Artist