The Aug. 9 performance of Jessica Golberg's play will benefit the United States Welcome Home Foundation. The Foundation is a "non-partisan organization focused on providing services and resources that support and enhance health, wellness, and quality of life for members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces and their families."
Chris Fields directs Body Politic, which is currently playing the Zephyr through Aug. 24. The Echo Theater Company production features Kristina Lear, Michael James Reed, Samantha Shelton and Jeremy Maxwell.
Body Politic, according to press notes, is described as such: "Wendy Hoffman is a screenwriter determined to gain access to Ward 57 of Walter Reed Hospital, the ward where soldiers who have suffered cataclysmic injuries in Iraq recover. Captain Gray Whitlock is the Army captain in charge who denies her access. Private Small is a patient on the ward who wants to die. And the studio executive, Eric, just wants a screenplay. What occurs between all of them . . . is the surprising and poignant story of what can happen when people with deep commitments and beliefs come to recognize each other's humanity."
John Slattery has been seen on Broadway in Rabbit Hole, Betrayal and Laughter on the 23rd Floor. His screen credits include "Mad Men," "Flags of Our Fathers," "Charlie Wilson's War," "Reservation Road," "Mona Lisa Smile," "Bad Company," "Traffic," "The Station Agent" and "Sleepers."
Tickets for the benefit performance are priced $35 and include a post-show reception. The Zephyr Theatre is located at 7456 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, CA. For tickets call (800) 413-8669 or visit www.echotheatercompany.com.