2018 BENEFIT SERIES
Credit: Graphic design by Sarah Peavey
AFTER-PLAY: A TRIBUTE TO ANNE MEARA
Featuring Caroline Aaron, Earl Baker Jr., Joy Behar, Mark Linn-Baker, Peter Maloney, Greg Mullavey, and Marlo Thomas!
Directed by David Saint.
Join us for a special reading of Anne Meara’s award-winning After-Play, a perfect New York comedy about two theater-loving couples that learn even after a lifetime of friendship, everyone has their secrets. Directed by David Saint, Artistic Director of the George Street Playhouse and the original director of After-Play off-Broadway. Don’t miss the final event of HB’s 2018 Benefit Series with this spectacular cast!
Monday, June 4, 2018 | 7:00 PM
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Anne Meara and her husband, Jerry Stiller, are esteemed alumni of HB Studio. As the outspoken and hilarious comedy duo Stiller and Meara, they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show 36 times and received many awards for their radio and TV commercials. Both Anne and Jerry enjoyed thriving careers on stage and screen, and Meara earned four Emmy nominations and one Tony Award nomination during a career that spanned over 60 years. After-Play won an Outer Critics’ Circle John Gassner Award the year it debuted, premiering at Manhattan Theater Club during the 1994-1995 season.
Meara Photo Credits (clockwise, from top left): Photo used with permission by WME and the Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara archives; remaining images from the HB Studio archives.
An evening of songs from the musical theater works of Leonard Bernstein during the worldwide #Bernsteinat100 celebration
MONDAY, MARCH 5th
Leonard Bernstein – composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador, and humanitarian – is one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century. Bernstein’s steadfast belief in the power of art to lift, transform, delight and educate was his antidote to a world full of violence and unpredictability. A charter member of HB’s Playwrights Foundation and a longtime friend to HB’s founders, HB Studio is thrilled to present this benefit evening with Broadway stars in a tribute to his work, during the worldwide #Bernsteinat100 celebration.
Featuring remarks by ALEXANDER BERNSTEIN, LONNY PRICE and the talents of Broadway stars STEPHEN DEROSA (BWAY: On the Town, Betrayal, The Nance, Hairspray, Into the Woods), STEVEN ENG (OFF BWAY: Pacific Overtures, Chee-Chee; WEST END: The King and I), MELISSA ERRICO (BWAY: Anna Karenina, My Fair Lady, High Society, Dracula, White Christmas, Amour), ALI EWOLDT (BWAY: Phantom of the Opera, The King and I, Les Misérables), CHILINA KENNEDY (BWAY: Beautiful, Jesus Christ Superstar), TRACEY MICHAILIDIS (BWAY: Beauty and the Beast; OFF-BWAY: Ethel Sings; NAT’L TOUR: Fun Home), CARL-MICHAEL OGLE (Regional: Showboat (Citi Performing Arts Center), The Wiz (Fiddlehead Theatre Company), West Side Story(FTC), ELIZA SIMPSON (Off-Broadway: The Woodsman (59E59 Theaters), NY: The Mysteries (The Flea Theater), Kapowi Gogo (The PIT, Time Out NY Critics Pick), Three Sisters (HIT)), CHRISTINE TOY JOHNSON (BWAY: The Music Man (Revival), Grease! (Revival), Chu Chem), and TONY YAZBECK (BWAY: Prince of Broadway, Finding Neverland, On the Town, Chicago, White Christmas, Gypsy, A Chorus Line), with musical directors MICHAEL DANSICKER (BWAY: The Times They Are A-Changin’, Piaf, Good, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Iceman Cometh, Singin’ in the Rain) and Grammy Award-winning JOHN MCDANIEL (BWAY: Bonnie and Clyde, Catch Me If You Can, Brooklyn, Annie Get Your Gun ,Taboo, Chicago, Grease, Patti LuPone on Broadway, Company). Directed by ROBERT MCQUEEN, esteemed HB faculty and Director of New Musical Development for Toronto’s Musical Stage Company. McQueen’s many directing credits include Man of La Mancha (Startford Festival), Forest Boy (NYMF), The Wild Party, Falsettos, Caroline, Or Change, The Light in the Piazza, The Magic Flute (Vancouver Opera), Hair and Pal Joey.
MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street| NYC 10014
Bernstein Photo Credit (clockwise from top left): Leonard Bernstein at the piano, Courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office; Photo by Paul de Hueck, Courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office; Photo by Marion S. Trikosko, 1971, courtesy of the Library of Congress; Photo by Al Ravenna, 1955, courtesy of the Library of Congress.
MARICELA DE LA LUZ LIGHTS THE WORLD
BY JOSÉ RIVERA
“Aaaaah! My eyes are melting in my face! …”
…so began José Rivera’s fanciful, family-friendly play MARICELA DE LA LUZ LIGHTS THE WORLD*, following the adventures of Maricela and her brother Riccardo as they save the world from a trickster god and impending weather catastrophe.
The first event of HB’s 2018 Benefit Series, a special presentation of Academy-award nominated José Rivera‘s whimsical play, featuring Vanessa Aspillaga – star of the Pulitzer-prize winning drama ANNA IN THE TROPICS on Broadway; and directed by David Deblinger, HB faculty member and co-founder of the Labyrinth Theater Company.
Also featuring the talents of Oscar A. L. Cabrera, Paula Pizzi, Johnny Sanchez, Ron Orbach, Glenda Delli, Beethovan Oden, and Satoshi Deleanu. A portion of proceeds from the reading was donated towards The Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program to support Hurricane Maria-related needs and recovery in Puerto Rico.
December 1 – 2, 2017
*Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.
For the 2018 Benefit Series, we wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions:
ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS
AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS
through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.
Commercially printed music and individual songs from musical theater works by Leonard Bernstein featured in HB Celebrates Leonard Bernstein at 100 presented with permission by:
ASCAP (The American Society of Composer, Authors, and Publishers)
Boosey & Hawkes
The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.
HB Studio would like to thank the above organizations for their support.
Until the Flood
A Life In The Theatre
Shakespeare on Bank Street
70, Girls, 70 Benefit Cast Party