Holy smokes, talk about high-profile support for a worthy project. On Sunday, January 31, Saturday Night Live cast members Fred Armisen, Abby Elliot, Will Forte, Seth Meyers, Jason Sudeikis, and The Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone will headline an all-star comedy fundraiser on behalf of the upcoming Off-Broadway adaptation of writer/artist Phoebe Gloeckner’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl. SNL writers Colin Jost, Hannibal Buress, and John Mulaney, comedians Bridey Elliott and Emily Heller, and musical guest (sorry, couldn’t help it) The Renaldo The Ensemble will also perform.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl uses a unique comics/prose/illustration hybrid format to tell the story of Minnie Goetze, a precocious teenager growing up in ’70s San Francisco who has an affair with her mother’s boyfriend. Sex and drugs abound, but it’s told in such an honest, hopeful, no-B.S. fashion that it’s as far away from after-school special territory as you can get. If you haven’t read it, you should — serious Best of the Decade material.
Want to help the curtain for the show go up on March 15 as scheduled? Buy tickets to the “Beyond Funderdome Comedy Blowout” fundraiser. Regular tix are $85; VIP tickets, which include pre-show drinks with the performers, will run you $150. The fundraiser takes place at the same venue where Diary will run, the 3LD Art & Technology Center at 80 Greenwich Street in Manhattan.
Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel/prose/illustration/autobio hybrid The Diary of a Teenage Girl is one of my all-time favorite comics, so to say I’m looking forward to its upcoming theatrical adaptation is to understate the case considerably. Headed for a March 2010 debut at New York City’s 3LD, this multimedia extravaganza was written for the stage by Marielle Heller — who also stars as main character Minnie Goetze — and is helmed by co-directors Sarah Cameron Sunde and Rachel Eckerling. The above video provides a fascinating glimpse at the show so far, including some behind-the-scenes conversations between Heller and Gloeckner that provide new insight into (and photos of!) some familiar characters. I’m far from a theatre expert, but I have to imagine that in a post-Spring Awakening, post-Next to Normal theatrical climate, this stands a chance to get a lot of attention.