Shinsai: Theatres for Japan Will Include Works By Stephen Sondheim, Jeanine Tesori, Tony Kushner, Edward Albee
By Adam Hetrick
Selections fron Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Pacific Overtures will be performed as part of the March 11 benefit Shinsai: Theatres for Japan at the Great Hall at Cooper Union.
Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza) will stage the 3 PM and 8 PM presentations that will feature ten-minute plays and musical numbers from a host of Broadway and Japanese authors.
The date commemorates the devastating earthquake that struck Japan in 2011. Proceeds will go directly to Japanese theatre artists affected by the "shinsai" or "great quake."
Sondheim and Weidman are revising a selection of their 1976 musical Pacific Overtures especially for the benefit. The evening will also feature contributions by Edward Albee, Shoki Kokami, Oriza Hirata, Richard Greenberg, John Guare, Kumiko Shinohara, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joseph Stein, Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori, Nen Ishihara, Toshiki Okada, Toshiro Suzue and Yoji Sakate.
Original material by playwrights Philip Kan Gotanda, Richard Greenberg, Suzan-Lori-Parks, Naomi Iizuka and Doug Wright will also be performed.
Casting will be announced at a later date.
The Atlantic Theater Company, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, The Play Company, Playwrights Horizons and The Public Theater align to present the benefit.
Tickets, priced $25, go on sale Feb. 8. Visit PublicTheater.org or phone (212) 967-7555 for tickets.
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