Natasha Richardson and cast found the perfect time for an Actors' Fund benefit performance of their adult-themed Patrick Marber play, Closer -- 11:30 PM June 3. Tickets are available at regular box office prices ($60-$35) by calling 1-800-FUND TIX ext. 121/133, through Ticketmaster/Tele-Charge and at the theatre's box office. The nation's "only human service organization for all entertainment professionals," the Actors' Fund of America is best known for providing financial assistance and social services (food, rent, medical expenses) to professionals in need. Given on a night when the show doesn't normally play, an Actors' Fund performance, with all benefits going to the Fund, charges the same box office prices as on other nights and is often well attended by members of the entertainment community.
1998 Tony winner Natasha Richardson stars with Rupert Graves, Anna Friel and Ciaran Hinds in Marber's dark comedy about the sexual relationships between four Londoners. Nominated for 1999 Tony Award for Best New Play, Closer won the New York Drama Critic's Award for Best Foreign Play, while Anna Friel garnered a Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Drama Desk Award and the cast was awarded a special Outer Critic's Circle Award for best ensemble.