The evening is themed around the 1870's. Along with Close, Groff and Gyllenhaal, Tony winner Michael Cerveris will read excerpts from Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days and Taylor Mac will sing temperance hymns.
Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater, emcees the event; the Folio Society presents the Janus Prize to historian Simon Schama.
Dinner with the Boys is the deliciously hilarious new comedy starring Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”, Lombardi), Ray Abruzzo (“The Sopranos”) and Richard Zavaglia (“Donnie Brasco”). When two wise guys from the old neighborhood, Charlie (Lauria) and Dom (Zavaglia), find themselves at odds with the family, they must serve up perfectly seasoned performances with their puttanesca to escape danger. This odd couple awaits their fate as they prepare dinner for their special guests. It’s an evening filled with belly laughs, killer plot twists and plenty of garlic. The only question remaining is “will this dinner be their last meal?"