Actors Fund Reading of Our Town Will Feature Adriane Lenox, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Rebecca Luker
By Adam Hetrick
Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox, as well as Tony Award nominees Celia Keenan-Bolger and Rebecca Luker will take part in the Actors Fund's March 4 benefit reading of Thornton Wilder's landmark play Our Town, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning work.
Peter Flynn will direct Our Town. Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher, The Glass Menagerie) will play Emily Webb, with Luker (The Secret Garden, The Music Man) as Mrs. Webb and Lenox (Doubt, Chicago) as Mrs. Gibbs.
Additional casting will be announced.
Our Town will take place at 7:30 PM at the Gerald R. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College. Proceeds from the reading benefit the programs and services of The Actors Fund.
Wilder's Our Town was most recently revived to acclaim Off-Broadway in 2009 at the Barrow Street Theatre under the direction of David Cromer. It was last revived on Broadway in 2002 at the Booth Theatre. It first premiered on Broadway Feb. 4 at the Henry Miller's Theatre.
"My uncle loved actors — he was an actor himself, you know — and he was mighty proud to have written a popular large-cast play that provided his fellows with so many jobs! What a great pleasure it is to partner with the Actor's Fund, which Thornton Wilder supported throughout his life, on the occasion of a major milestone in the history of his most famous work," said Wilder's nephew and literary executor, Tappan Wilder in a statement.
Tickets for the benefit are $75, $100, and $150. For information and to purchase tickets, visit actorsfund.org or call (212) 221-7300, ext. 133.
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone — performers and those behind the scenes — who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 12,800 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund's programs include social services and emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has — for 130 years — been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition.
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