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Celebrate The 75th Anniversary of Our Town And Support The Actors Fund

February 14, 2013

OurTown250This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, the Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece that first hit the Broadway boards on February 4, 1938, at Henry Miller’s Theatre. The landmark play has since become a cornerstone of American theatre, and has received global acclaim as one of the 20th century’s most important works.

On March 4, an all-star cast will take part in a benefit reading of Our Town for The Actors Fund. Directed by Peter Flynn, the cast includes Tony Nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher, The Glass Menagerie) as Emily Webb; Tony Nominee Rebecca Luker (The Secret Garden, The Music Man) as Mrs. Webb; and Tony Winner Adriane Lenox (Doubt, Chicago) as Mrs. Gibbs. Additionally, Tony winners Blythe Danner and BD Wong will share the role of the Stage Manager, and the evening will also feature Leslie Odom, Jr. as George Gibbs, Martin Moran as Simon Stimson, and Julia Murney as Mrs. Soames. And keep checking actorsfund.org for casting updates!

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Tony® Nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger, Tony® Winner Adriane Lenox and Tony® Nominee Rebecca Luker.

In a statement, Wilder’s nephew and literary executor, Tappan Wilder, said: “My uncle loved actors — he was an actor himself, you know — and he was mighty proud to have written a popular large-cast play that provided his fellows with so many jobs! What a great pleasure it is to partner with The Actors Fund, which Thornton Wilder supported throughout his life, on the occasion of a major milestone in the history of his most famous work”

Our Town will take place at 7:30 PM at the Gerald R. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College, and all proceeds from the reading benefit The Actors Fund‘s programs and services. Tickets are $75, $100, and $150. For information and to purchase tickets, visit actorsfund.org or call (212) 221-7300, ext. 133.

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A special thank-you to PNC Bank for sponsoring the evening’s benefit.

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