Reading of Thurber Carnival, with Jason Butler Harner, Jackie Hoffman, Annette O'Toole, Benefits The Pearl Oct. 1

The Pearl Theatre Company kicks off its new season with a reading of the comic revue A Thurber Carnival Oct. 1 at the Pearl Theatre.

Jason Butler Harner
Jason Butler Harner

Arranged and directed by Michael McKean, the benefit performance features the talents of Jason Butler Harner, Jackie Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel, Dakin Matthews, McKean, Annette O'Toole, Maryann Plunkett and Jay O. Sanders.

The performance begins at 7:30 PM followed by a reception with the cast at 8:45 PM.

"A perennial presence in the pages of The New Yorker, author and cartoonist James Thurber delighted his readers with fantastical stories and puckish portraits of everyday life," according to press notes. "The Tony Award-winning play offers a first-class sampling of Thurber's sparkling wit including 'The Last Flower,' 'File and Forget!' and the incomparable 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.'"

Proceeds from the event go toward The Pearl Theatre Company’s The New Stage for the Classics Campaign.

The Pearl Theatre is located at 555 West 42nd Street. For tickets, priced $200, $500 and $1,000, call (212) 563-9261 or visit