Leigh Silverman (Danny and the Deep Blue Sea) directs and Lisa Kron (Well) hosts the event to take place Dec. 13 at 8 PM at Broadway's Studio 54. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the children's literacy charity, Everybody Wins.
The night will include readings of "Based Upon a True Story" by Baldwin, "Christmas Means Giving" by Shannon, "Dinah, the Christmas Whore" by Schreiber and "Six to Eight Black Men" by Perez. The first three works appear in the "Holidays on Ice" collection while the latter was performed as part of "Live at Carnegie Hall" and later appeared in the Dec. 2002 Esquire magazine. Kenny Mellman (Kiki & Herb) will be playing keyboard.
Schreiber, Perez and Baldwin have always made room in between films for stage efforts. Schreiber will be seen in the upcoming Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross and has appeared of late in Henry V. Perez currently stars in the Broadway staging of Reckless and has trod the boards in References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Baldwin, who is remembered for his turn opposite Jessica Lange in the revival of A Streetcar Named Desire recently appeared in a revival of Twentieth Century. Shannon, a veteran comedian of "Saturday Night Live," appeared in the television musical of "The Music Man" opposite Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth.
Sedaris is a playwright (The Book of Liz, Santaland Diaries) and a regular commentator for National Public Radio. He is the author of the bestselling books "Barrel Fever," "Naked," "Holidays on Ice," "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim."
Tickets ($25 in advance, $35 at the door) are available by calling (800) 494-TIXS or online at www.boxofficetickets.com. Studio 54 is located at 254 West 54th Street.