Jane Alexander, Brian Dennehy, Michael Douglas, Charles S. Dutton, John Guare, Lloyd Richards and Margaret Whiting will all be on hand to pay tribute to George C. White at an Oct. 29 O’Neill Theater Center benefit. White founded the Waterford, CT-based center, now in its 37th year.
The event will take place at The Union Club in Manhattan’s Upper East Side at 6 PM and continue at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.
"George White created a vision of a place where artists and new works could grow and develop a model of theatrical creation that was to become a template for supporting and enhancing America’s theatrical dreams," said O’Neill Executive Director Howard Sherman in a statement. White retired in January 2001.
The evening will include readings and reminscences. Dutton will read from August Wilson’s Fences; Dennehy, who will do Long Day’s Journey Into Night on Broadway this spring, will read from the letters of O’Neill; Guare will read from his own play The House of Blue Leaves; and Whiting will sing "Day In, Day Out."
Also scheduled to appear are President of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization Ted Chapin; U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd, Manhattan Theatre Club Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove; and playwright Jeffrey Hatcher. Those interested in the benefit should call the O’Neill’s development office at 860-443-5378.
—By Robert Simonson