Robbins, Sarandon, Byrne Appear in NYC Acting Forum, Fielding Questions, in Benefit Nov. 19

News   Robbins, Sarandon, Byrne Appear in NYC Acting Forum, Fielding Questions, in Benefit Nov. 19 Acting students, take note.

Acting students, take note.

A unique public Q&A session with Gabriel Byrne, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and screenwriter-director Terry George is being offered as a benefit for the children of Afghanistan and Iraq, 8 PM Nov. 19 at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan.

Admission to the event, called "Being an Actor," is $20 and proceeds go to UNICEF, earmarked for the Middle Eastern children. Stage and screen actor Byrne (A Moon for the Misbegotten) and the directors of the Irish Arts Center came up with the idea for the forum and the evening was put together in recent days. Husband-wife performers Robbins ("The Shawshank Redemption," "Cradle Will Rock") and Sarandon ("Thelma and Louise," "Dead Man Walking") and screenwriter-director George (who penned "In the Name of the Father") were invited to join.

The Irish Arts Center is the 29-year-old nonprofit group that presents Irish specialty performers, Irish visual artists, arts classes and Irish-themed plays under an Equity affiliation, at 553 W. 51st Street. Irish Arts Center's artistic director is Neal Jones and the executive director is Pauline Turley.

Admission to "Being an Actor" is by reservation only. For tickets, call (212) 581-4125. — By Kenneth Jones