Geffen Playhouse's Starry Terms of Endearment Benefit Reading Raises Over $100,000 | Playbill

Los Angeles News Geffen Playhouse's Starry Terms of Endearment Benefit Reading Raises Over $100,000 The one-night-only engagement, which featured Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart, and more, supported Stand Up to Cancer and the Geffen's New Play Development Program.
Melissa Benoist and Calista Flockhart
Melissa Benoist and Calista Flockhart Jordan Strauss/Invision for Geffen Playhouse/AP Images

The Geffen Playhouse raised over $100,000 from its October 1 staged reading of Terms of Endearment. The proceeds will go to Stand Up to Cancer and the theatre's New Play Development Program.

Presented by Berlanti Productions and Jessica Queller, the Gordon Greenberg-helmed reading of James L. Brooks’ screenplay starred Calista Flockhart as Aurora Greenway, Chris Wood as Flap Horton, and recent Beautiful star Melissa Benoist as Emma Greenway.

“At its core, the Geffen is driven by the power of the arts to illuminate the human experience,” said Geffen Playhouse Executive Director Gil Cates, Jr. “Terms of Endearment is a deeply personal, resonant story and we are proud to partner with Stand Up To Cancer to bring awareness to the very important work they do every day.”


The previously reported cast also featured Alfred Molina as Garrett Breedlove, Kumail Nanjiani as Sam Vurns, Constance Wu as Patsy, Italia Ricci as Doris, Willie Garson as Vernan, and Kate Burton as Dr. Maise.

The 1983 film Terms of Endearment, which won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, featured Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, and John Lithgow. (Dan Gordon also penned a stage version based on Larry McMurty's original novel and Brooks' screenplay.)

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