Kline, Robards & Other Bway 'Men For All Seasons' Feted at Wing Benefit April 12

By Kenneth Jones
and Robert Simonson
12 Apr 1999

The menu of the American Theatre Wing's April 12 honors luncheon will include actors Ossie Davis, Kevin Kline, Jason Robards, Patrick Stewart and Sam Waterston.



The menu of the American Theatre Wing's April 12 honors luncheon will include actors Ossie Davis, Kevin Kline, Jason Robards, Patrick Stewart and Sam Waterston.

The "Men For All Seasons" are being celebrated at the noon benefit lunch at the Waldorf Astoria's Starlight Room (recently changed from The Rainbow Room (in New York City). All proceeds from the $150-per-plate event go to support the American Theatre Wing's education programs.

Luncheon chairs are Sondra Gilman Gonzalez-Fall and Howard Stringer. Co-chairs are Donald Brooks, Marlene Hess, Douglas Leeds, Jo Sullivan Loesser, Michael Price and Wing chairman Isabelle Stevenson.

Also in attendance to honor the quintet of veteran actors will be Christine Baranski, Zoe Caldwell, Ruby Dee (Davis' wife), Marian Seldes (who co- starred with Kline in Ivanov last season), Elaine Stritch, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, James Naughton, Stockard Channing, Christopher Plummer (Robards' co-star in No Man's Land), Ron Rifkin, Karen Ziemba, Phylicia Rashad, Andrea McArdle, Brian Dennehy, Mary Alice, Geoffrey Holder, Rebecca Luker and Patricia Neal.

For tickets and information call (212) 765-0606. There are also special contributor tables available.

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The nonprofit American Theatre Wing, best known as founder and co presenter of the Tony Awards, turned 80 in 1998. In addition to bringing attention to Broadway and the industry in general, the Wing sponsors community and educational programs, including "Introduction to Broadway," which introduces schoolchildren to theatre, many for the first time; "Theatre In-Schools," which shuttles artists to schools for discussions about craft; and "The Hospital Program," presenting entertainers at senior homes, hospitals and AIDS centers.