The participants in the first week of the Raw Impressions Music Theatre Marathon 2005, with performances scheduled for Monday-Wednesday, February 7-9 at 7pm and 9:30pm at the HERE Arts Center (145 Sixth Avenue), have been announced. For this event, Raw Impressions is randomly pairing eight composers and eight writers. The teams are given 48 hours to write a new 10-minute music theater piece which is then reworked for three days and rehearsed for four days prior to being presented to an audience.

The first week's writers will be Jimmy Bennett, Kara Corthron, Patricia Jang, Tajlei Levis, Adam B. Mathias, Brett Nicholson, Saviana Stanescu, and Justin Warner; the composers will be Brad Alexander, Robert Bledsoe, Joan Marie Delahunt, Adam Gwon, Brian Lowdermilk, Ron Melrose, Nana Simopoulos, and David Turner. The 10-minute musicals will be directed by Eamonn Farrell and Joe Locarro, with Eric Johnston and Douglas Maxwell serving as musical directors. The performers will include Aaron Berk, Alison Cimmet, Jackie Comisar, Kevin Hale, Colleen Hawks, Jeff Hiller, Matt Mager, Danny Rothman, Amy Silverman, and Lucy Sorensen.

Participants in the ensuing two weeks of the marathon will be announced soon. For ticket information, phone 212-868-4444 or click here.