Jane Fonda Hosts Star-Studded Tectonic at 25! Benefit | Playbill

News Jane Fonda Hosts Star-Studded Tectonic at 25! Benefit The evening features Tony winners Joel Grey, Laura Benanti, BD Wong, and Cynthia Nixon.

Tectonic Theater Project presents Tectonic at 25!, a benefit performance celebrating 25 years of groundbreaking theatre, November 7 at 7 PM at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, New York).

Directed by Tectonic Theater Project founder Moisés Kaufman, the evening is hosted by two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda, who will also perform.

Highlights are scheduled to include the following:

Fonda will reprise a scene from her Tony-nominated role as Katherine in the 2009 Broadway play 33 Variations, with Zach Grenier reprising his Tony-nominated role as Beethoven, and Diane Walsh on piano.

Two-time Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson will reprise his role as Oscar Wilde in Tectonic Theater Project's breakout 1997 hit, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.

Tony and Drama Desk Award winner BD Wong will perform a scene from one of Tectonic’s newest plays about people living on the autism spectrum, Uncommon Sense, by Andy Paris and Anushka Paris-Carter.

Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard’s mother, will join the company to honor the original cast of The Laramie Project (about Matthew Shepard’s murder) including Amanda Gronich, Mercedes Herrero, John McAdams, Andy Paris, Greg Pierotti, Barbara Pitts McAdams, and Kelli Simpkins, who will revisit the characters they portrayed 15 years ago.

Tony and Emmy Award winner Cynthia Nixon will perform an excerpt from The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, Tectonic’s return to Laramie, WY, to explore how the town changed in the years since The Laramie Project.

Christina Sajous will reprise her role as Carmen in Tectonic’s adaptation of the Bizet opera, Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical.

Obie Award winner Daniel Beaty will reprise his role as Paul Robeson in Tectonic’s exploration of the life of artist and activist Paul Robeson, The Tallest Tree in the Forest.

Throughout the evening there will also be appearances and special performances by Tony Award winner Laura Benanti (She Loves Me, Gypsy), Oscar and Tony Award winner Joel Grey (Cabaret), stage and screen star David Burtka (It Shoulda Been You), Drama Desk winner James Lecesne, Skizzo Arnedillo, Greg Steinbrunner, Wyatt Fenner, and more.

The Tectonic at 25! Host Committee includes Jane Fonda, Sir Ian McKellen, Sally Field, David Hyde Pierce, Darren Criss, Jonathan Groff, BD Wong, Christopher Ashley, Michael Ritchie, Molly Smith, Ruth and Steven Hendel, Mark Gude and Paul Sekhri, Scott Mauro, Jeffrey and Vivien Ressler, Amy Stursberg and Philip Barber, Deborah Taylor, Barbara Whitman, Timothy Wu, and Eric Murphy.

Tickets and ticket packages for the evening range $85-$2,500 and are available for purchase by visiting nyuskirball.org/calendar/tectonic.

(Updated November 7, 2016)

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