On Rosie O'Donnell's Feb. 3 show, George Wendt, currently Yvan in Broadway's Art, presented O'Donnell with a miniature white canvas modeled on the one used in the Yasmine Reza comedy. The current cast -- Wendt, Judd Hirsch and Joe Morton -- autographed the piece to be put on auction at the Internet auction site e-Bay to raise money for the For All Kids Foundation.
To view the bidding or bid on the piece (lot No. 63305174), go to http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=63305174.
As of this story's posting, the bidding is at $306.52. The auction ends Feb. 8.
For All Kids Foundation, Inc. was created by O'Donnell in Feb. 1997 to serve the needs of disadvantaged kids. By the end of the Foundation's first fiscal year, For All Kids granted $1.5 million to 105 charitable organizations for child care, literacy and tutoring programs, medical care programs for low-income children, and intervention and emergency shelters for families at risk.
Rosie O'Donnell often auctions theatre memorabilia (and other items from her show) in her own charity auction area on e-bay at http://members.ebay.com/aboutme/4allkids/. Other theatrical items include a Grease! Playbill or a 1998 Tony Playbill signed by O'Donnell, a Matthew Broderick signed Night Must Fall Playbill and Rosie O'Donnell show jacket, and O'Donnell's "Kiss Off"s from Broderick, Treat Williams and Wendt (items include the lip prints of the actors, their autograph and O'Donnell's). -- By Christine Ehren