Judith Light and Vanessa Williams Join Right Before I Go

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Tony Award winners Ellen Burstyn and Elizabeth Ashley will also appear in the December 4 benefit at Town Hall.
Judith Light Monica Simoes

Two-time Tony Award winner Judith Light, multiple Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award nominee Vanessa Williams, stage and screen star Lois Smith, and TV star Wilson Bethel have joined the cast of the December 4 premiere of Right Before I Go, Stan Zimmerman’s play built on the last words of people lost to suicide. The evening will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the JED Foundation.the New York City .

They will join the previously announced Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Ashley, Maulik Pancholy (It’s Only a Play), Raviv Ullman (Disney’s Phil of the Future), Jennifer Lim (Chinglish), and Maggie Lacey (Dividing the Estate).

Former Hartford Stage Artistic Director Michael Wilson will direct. The 8 PM performance will take place at Town Hall theatre 123 West 43rd Street, near Times Square.

Organizers rescheduled the show from its original November 2 date due to “scheduling complications.”

Consisting of accounts from people “including the heartsick, bullied, veterans, mentally ill and the achingly lonely,” Right Before I Go is designed to “help broaden public perspective of suicide, eliminate the stigma associated with depression, and strengthen the relationship between survivors and those struggling every day.”

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day across the United States, and can be reached at (800) 273-8255.

Right Before I Go made its world premiere at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Zimmerman has written scripts for TV series including The Golden Girls, Roseanne, and Gilmore Girls, and served as executive producer of the 2008 series Rita Rocks. He was also co-writer for the 1996 feature film A Very Brady Sequel.

Tickets for Right Before I Go cost $52–$502 and can be purchased online at RightBeforeIGo.com or in person at the Town Hall box office. Tickets purchased at the $252 level and above come with admission to a VIP pre-show cocktail reception.


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