>"Fighting the Clock." Twenty-four artists, split into four random teams—a playwright, director, fight choreographer, and actors—create a 10- to 15-minute play in less than two days, with the results presented at this hourlong show. The playwrights will receive an object associated with Scotland that must be intrinsic to the play's plot, and each play must have at least one strong female character who participates in the fighting. Proceeds will help pay for the Lady Cavalier Theatre Company's trip to the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Teatro La Tea, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St., Manhattan. 7 p.m. $50 (includes show, after-party, and one free raffle entry). Reservations: (718) 857-2721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Celebrating 100 Years of Clifford Odets." A daylong celebration of the centenary of the playwright who wrote Waiting for Lefty, Awake and Sing!, Rocket to the Moon, and Golden Boy, featuring a screening of "Broadway Dreamers: The Legacy of the Group Theatre" (from PBS's American Masters series), followed by a panel discussion on Odets and the Group Theatre, 10 a.m.; "Clifford's Progeny," with professor Morris Dickstein, 1:30 p.m.; and a symposium with theatre artists and academics on Odets' later plays and on Hollywood and politics, 2–6 p.m. The celebration continues with readings of scenes from Odets' plays, the film of Odets' last TV interview, and an excerpt from I Can't Sleep, Steve Lawson's adaptation of Odets' 1940 journal, The Time Is Ripe, 6:30–8 p.m. Proshansky Auditorium, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave. (at 34th Street), Manhattan. Reservations: (212) 817-8215 or
email@example.com (use reservation code 6965 for the day program and 6783 for the evening
program). Info: http://web.gc.cuny.edu/Mestc.