20th Anniversary of the Simply Shakespeare Fundraiser to Star Co-Chairs Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks Along With Musician Jackson Browne

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Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Announces an eBay Auction for a Role Alongside Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks in the Reading of “Much Ado About Nothing”

Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and a star-studded cast, including Ewan McGregor, Helen Hunt and Dulé Hill, will perform a reading of “Much Ado About Nothing,” under the direction of Ben Donenberg.

Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and a star-studded cast, including Ewan McGregor, Helen Hunt and Dulé Hill, will perform a reading of “Much Ado About Nothing,” under the direction of Ben Donenberg.

The Shakespeare Center Los Angeles, a professional and community-based non-profit theater company, is celebrating its 25th anniversary serving LA by creating accessible theater that builds community in innovative, unexpected ways. With the recent budget cuts to the Los Angeles Unified School District’s arts programs, the Shakespeare Center Los Angeles’ actors and youth programming have become invaluable tools for promoting participation in live theater and the other performing arts with the city’s youth.

2010 also marks the 20th anniversary of Simply Shakespeare, the organization’s annual fundraising event, and in celebration of this milestone, Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and a star-studded cast, including Ewan McGregor, Helen Hunt and Dulé Hill, will perform a reading of “Much Ado About Nothing,” under the direction of Ben Donenberg, founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare Center Los Angeles. In addition, Jackson Browne will perform during the show, along with Sara and Sean Watkins.

As part of this successful fundraiser, Shakespeare Center Los Angeles is auctioning off a speaking role in the show, where the winner will participate in rehearsal, gain admission to the VIP post-show party and take a group photo with the cast, including Wilson, Hanks and Browne, which the cast will all sign. The auction is now open and will close on April 4 at 7:00pm PDT.

All proceeds from the eBay auction support Shakespeare Center Los Angeles and its nationally replicated summer youth employment and enrichment initiatives targeting young people living under severe economic strains.

Shakespeare Center Los Angeles’ Simply Shakespeare adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing” is made possible by the support of Deutsche Bank. The reading will take place on Monday, April 12th at 7:30pm at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Tickets cost $350 and $500 and can be purchased through Lauran Huff at Levy Pazanti Associates. To reserve your tickets, please call 310-201-5033 or email Lauran(at)lpaevents(dot)com.

The Shakespeare Center Los Angeles auction site is at http://tiny.cc/simplyshakespeare. For more information on the Simply Shakespeare fundraiser or Shakespeare Center Los Angeles, please visit http://www.ShakespeareCenter.org.

The charity auction is being managed by Auction Cause, a premier online auction management agency specializing in high-profile design, strategy, and cause marketing for corporations and nonprofits worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.auctioncause.com/.

About Shakespeare Center Los Angeles
Since 1985, Shakespeare Center Los Angeles has been a cherished community resource. Whether it's through nationally recognized youth and education programming or award-winning, free, professional outdoor productions that uniquely reflect the people, landscape and history of Los Angeles, Shakespeare Center Los Angeles is committed to making the Bard's works accessible, relevant and enriching for people from all walks of life. http://www.shakespearecenter.org/.

Contacts:
Sharna Ettenberg/Alicia Mohr/Heidi Schaeffer
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310-854-4800

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