Past Benefit Events


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.
After Play: A Tribute to Anne Meara Cast

Featuring Caroline Aaron, Earl Baker Jr.Joy Behar, Mark Linn-Baker, Peter MaloneyGreg Mullaveyand 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.

 


 

HB CELEBRATES

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 ChangeThe 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
SAG-AFTRA

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

Until The Flood, A New Play by Dael Orlandersmith
Until The Flood, A New Play by Dael Orlandersmith

A Life In The Theatre

HB Studio Benefit- A Life In The Theatre
HB Studio Benefit- A Life In The Theatre with Austin Pendelton and Christopher Abbott

Shakespeare on Bank Street

HB Studio Benefit- Shakespeare on Bank Street
HB Studio Benefit- Shakespeare on Bank Street

70, Girls, 70 Benefit Cast Party

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70, Girls, 70 HB Studio Benefit and Cast Party

 

Helen Gallagher’s 90th Birthday Celebration

Helen Gallagher
Helen Gallagher’s 90th Birthday Celebration Invitation Image

Talley’s Folly – featuring Judd Hirsch and Kathryn Danielle

Talleys Folly
A Benefit for HB Studio- Talley’s Folly starring Judd Hirsch and Kathryn Danielle

           

2015 – 70th Anniversary Celebration

Honorees:

Alfred Molina and Avery Boardman & Carlyle
Alfred Molina and Avery Boardman & Carlyle

2014 – 70th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration

Celebrating Seven Decades of HB Studio

plus a 90th Birthday Salute to Edward Morehouse

Click here to view the HB 70th Program Journal

Photos by JDZ Photography

2013

Honorees:

Tony Walton
Tony Walton
Katie Finneran
Katie Finneran

2012

Honorees:

Amanda Peet
Amanda Peet
Lee Grant
Lee Grant

2011

Honorees:

David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce
Eric Bentley
Eric Bentley

2010

Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen

A celebration of the formation of the Hagen Institute with selected readings from Uta Hagen’s papers.

2009

Horton Foote
Horton Foote
Herbert Berghof
Herbert Berghof

Horton Foote (Legacy Celebration) and Herbert Berghof’s centennial celebration

2008

Honorees:

Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara
Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara

2007

Honoree:

Fritz Weaver
Fritz Weaver

 

2006

Honoree:

Austin Pendleton
Austin Pendleton