The Charles Durning-Julie Harris play, The Gin Game will hold an Actor's Fund benefit performance Dec. 1 at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills.
Celebrities and notables expected at the event include John Bowab, Morgan Brittany, Dom Deluise, Robert Englund, Henry Jaglom, Jack Klugman, Michael Learned, Wendie Malick, Doris Roberts, Marion Ross, Rod Steiger, Connie Stevens and Joan Van Ark.
Tickets are $50-$38 and are available at the Wilshire Box Office or by calling the Actor's Fund at 323-654-0467 or TicketMaster at 213-480 3232. The Wilshire Theatre is located at 8440 Wilshire Boulevard.
Harris recently told Playbill On-Line she feels The Gin Game is a great American play. "I love not only my part but the play, which I think ranks right up there with Streetcar and Death of a Salesman. First of all, the play has life to it, and it's so wonderfully constructed. Coburn also has a strong feeling for people. Both of the characters in Gin Game have secrets which come out slowly and skillfully, giving the actor a chance to dig down for truth and complexity. And, of course, the card game at the center of things is a metaphor for life. It teaches us to handle whatever cards life deals us, and to take what comes and cope with it as best we can."
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. -- By Christine Ehren and David Lefkowitz and Willard Manus