Acclaimed Actor Performs One Man Play as Fundraiser for New Orleans Musicians on Saturday, November 19, 2005

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Award winning actor Doug Motel will perform his acclaimed solo-play MIND SALAD at the New York Open Center, Saturday November 19th. Profits go to the Tipitinas Foundation, which finds housing, gigs and instruments for musicians devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Film, Television and Theater actor and award winning playwright Doug Motel is bringing his cast of funny and thought provoking characters on stage to raise money for New Orleans musicians who have lost their homes, instruments and livelihood.

Doug Motel http://dougmotel.com/ is the author of three critically acclaimed solo plays including MICK IN AMERICA, SHIVA ARMS (winner L.A. Weekly award for writing and performing and winner Theatre LA Ovation award for Best Writing of a World Premier play) and MIND SALAD (L.A. Weekly award nomination for writing and performing).

The Tipitina's Foundation http://www.tipitinasfoundation.org had devoted its efforts to uplifting the New Orleans music community through its Music Co-op Office, Instruments A-Comin' benefit concerts and the Tipitina's Internship Program. That mission has changed since the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, as they fight to save and rebuild their community.

The New York Open Center http://www.opencenter.org is a non-profit educational and cultural center offering programs intended to heal the body, nourish the soul and awaken the spirit. It aims to serve as a focal point for holistic thought and practice in the heart of New York City.

As guest star on numerous TV shows such as Fox TV’s THE TICK (Produced and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld of LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS fame) and Showtime’s NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ATTACK OF THE 5’2” WOMEN, Doug Motel was moved to offer an evening of performance after reading heartbreaking posts on the Tipitina's web site such as the one from Sergio of the No Idea Band: “I was a full-time musician in New Orleans and lost my home due to the levee break. Our home was under water to the rooftop. I had a recording studio in my home that obviously is gone as well. I lost all of my guitars keyboards, drums and recording equipment.”

In Mind Salad, Doug tells the story of Mick Calendar an aspiring screenwriter who moves from London to Hollywood in hopes of escaping his noisy mind. Motel portrays 20 comic characters including a 9-year-old boy, a Texas gigolo, a cosmetology student from Queens and an angel sent to earth in the guise of a black drag queen!

Tickets are $10. Performance time is 8:00 PM. Tickets must be reserved online at http://dougmotel.com/upcoming.htm#nov19. If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Doug Motel please call Carrie Wykoff with Events That Matter at (917) 450-1139

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