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110 Stories: A Benefit for Haiti

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The recent tragedy in Haiti has inspired many people to offer their time and talents to raise money for the Red Cross, and at 8pm on Monday, February 22nd, a very special fundraising theatrical event will take place at the Geffen Playhouse (10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles 90024). For one-night-only, an all-star cast will perform a staged reading of 110 Stories, a theatrical presentation of a series of first-hand accounts of the events of September 11, 2001.

New York playwright Sarah Tuft, has gathered more than thirty personal stories recorded in the aftermath of September 11th into a two and a half hour play. A firefighter leads us on the journey through September 11th and into the recovery, weaving together the experiences of a number of everyday characters on a day like no other including an iron worker, cop, homeless couple, photojournalist, K9 handler, doctor, body worker, chaplain and volunteer. The play doesn’t recreate. Instead it aims to shed light on who we really are, as revealed by extreme circumstances.

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Performers include: Katharine McPhee (American Idol), Ed Asner (Up), Michael Welch (New Moon), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), Michael Beach (Third Watch), Diane Venora (Heat), Maria Conchita Alonso (Saints & Sinners), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Gail O'Grady (Boston Legal), Nick Turturro (NYPD Blue), Malcolm Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show), Sophie Sinise (CSI: NY) and 110 Stories original cast member Stelio Savante (Ugly Betty). Other celebrity performers will be announced soon.

Savante also produced the play, bringing it to Los Angeles for this special event, and along with producer Andrew Carlberg (The 4th Wall) has assembled this all-star cast. The play is directed by Mark Freiburger (Dog Days Of Summer) and narrated by Nic Harcourt (KCRW).

All proceeds go to benefit the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles. Ticket prices are between $57 and $83 and may be purchased at the Geffen Playhouse or at Ticketmaster. 

A VIP reception sponsored by South Africa's Cape Classic Wines follows immediately after the show.

Article by Courtney Quinn

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