Everyone from Jane Adams to Jerry Zaks is lending their talent to a three-day benefit performance at Town Hall designed to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Sept. 11.
Tickets to the event, called Brave New World, are now on sale. Tickets run $35-$100. Call Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100. All proceeds will go to The New York Children's Foundation, which was founded by children after Sept. 11 to benefit kids who were affected by the terrorist attacks.
The benefit will encompass four performances over Sept. 9-11, and feature 50 new plays and songs by some of the theatre's biggest playwrights and composers, among them Christopher Durang, John Guare, Beth Henley, Tina Howe, David Henry Hwang, Arthur Kopit, Alan Menken, David Rabe, John Patrick Shanley, Alfred Uhry, Lanford Wilson and Stephen Sondheim.
Performers include Matthew Broderick, Billy Crudup, Sigourney Weaver, Vanessa Williams, Mary-Louise Parker, Stockard Channing, Anne Jackson, Eli Wallach, Frank Langella, Camryn Manheim, Bebe Neuwirth, Estelle Parsons, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera, Marisa Tomei, Sam Waterston, Eve Ensler, Melissa Errico, Peter Gallagher, Janeane Garofalo, Donna Murphy, Harvey Keitel, Cynthia Nixon, Austin Pendleton, Rosie Perez, John Ritter, Mercedes Ruehl and Frank Wood. All proceeds will benefit the New York Childrens Foundation. The name of the event is taken from Shakespeare's The Tempest, in which the young Miranda finds herself shipwrecked on an island and seeing her first site of men: "O, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, that has such people in't!"
For more information visit www.bravenewworldarts.com or call (212) 252-3539.
—By Robert Simonson