LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks host The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (SCLA) 26th Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit September 19, 2016 at the Freud Playhouse, UCLA Campus.
Smokin' Shakespeare Motown Much Ado offers an evening of improvised Shakespeare and song featuring a Motown soundtrack provided by Smokey Robinson, and a star-studded cast including Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Martin Short, and Christina Applegate. Additional participants will be announced shortly.
The evening includes a pre-show wine reception, followed by a post performance reception with the cast. All proceeds from the event support the SCLA and its arts-based employment programs for chronically unemployed veterans and urban youth.
One lucky bidder will have an opportunity to join the evening's cast as part of an eBay auction lot which includes a speaking part in the Much Ado About Nothing production, a guest ticket, admittance to the exclusive after party, a script signed by all performers and photo with the cast. Visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/322252196092 to place your bid.
Simply Shakespeare previous all-star casts have included Sir Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Bette Midler, Jackson Browne, Lyle Lovett, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jason Alexander, Anthony Mackie, Tim Allen, Christina Applegate, Annette Bening, Billy Crystal, Kelsey Grammer, Neil Patrick Harris, Kate Hudson, Helen Hunt, Eric Idle, Val Kilmer, Lisa Kudrow, Steve Martin, Matthew Perry, David Hyde Pierce, Jada Pinkett Smith, Keanu Reeves, Julia Roberts, Ray Romano, William Shatner, Martin Sheen, Martin Short, Will Smith, Robin Williams and Renee Zellweger.
Since 1985, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles has been a vibrant hub of unique programs, performances and events designed to make Shakespeare accessible and engaging to all. Veterans In Art, SCLA's successful transitional veterans employment initiative, provides for unemployed veterans and vets enrolled at SMC summer employment in tandem with college accredited technical theater training. Will Power to Youth is a White House awarded youth employment and academic enrichment program that immerses urban Los Angeles youth living at the poverty threshold in hands-on artistic experience with paid summer jobs, and training in the rigors of theater art making. For information, visit www.ShakespeareCenter.org; https://twitter.com/shakescenterLA; https://www.facebook.com/shakescenter?filter=2.
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SOURCE The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles