Shinsai: Theatres for Japan Benefit Will Feature Paolo Montalban, Ann Harada, Angel Desai, Jennifer Lim, Ken Leung

Paolo Montalban, Ann Harada, Angel Desai, Jennifer Lim and Ken Leung will be part of the March 11 benefit Shinsai: Theatres for Japan at the Great Hall at Cooper Union.

Paolo Montalban
Paolo Montalban (Photo by Monica Simoes)

Several theatre companies are collaborating on the special event which commemorates the devastating earthquake that struck Japan in 2011. Proceeds will go directly to Japanese theatre artists affected by the "shinsai" or "great quake."

The evening promises a newly-adapted scene from Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Pacific Overtures (specifically tailored for the benefit), as well as works 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.

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.

Joining Montalban, Harada, Desai, Lim and Leung are Michi Barral, Cindy Cheung, Joel de la Fuente, Jennifer Ikeda, Paul Juhn, Peter Kim, Li Jun Li, Angela Lin, Paolo Montalban, Olivia Oguma, Jon Norman Schneider, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Jade Wu, Jonny Wo, James Yaegashi and Stacey Yen.

The Atlantic Theater Company, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, The Play Company, Playwrights Horizons and The Public Theater collaborate to present the benefit.

Tickets, priced $25, are available by visiting or by phoning (212) 967-7555.