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James Franco (Former Board Member)
Amanda Seyfried (Honorary Board Member)
Jane Oster (Honorary Board Chair)
Kieran Beer  & Melissa Benson
Michelle Murphy & Robert Strada
Heidi Banks and Bill Henderson (Editor of the Pushcart Prize)

Invited you to Guild Hall as WordTheatre once again honored the Pushcart Prize, considered “one of the most important publishing projects in American history” (Publishers Weekly), with a benefit at the newly renovated Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York.

This year marked the 33rd anniversary of the Pushcart Prize, and WordTheatre’s fifth year working with them. Their “yearly volumes of stories, poems and essays feature much of the best writing available in this country.” (New York Times Book Review).

This year’s celebration featured performances of Pushcart Prize winning stories by:

Act I

  • Darrell Larson (The Manchurian Candidate, Rachel Getting Married) read “The Face” by David St. John
  • Lynn Whitfield (The Josephine Baker Story, Head of State) read “By Love Possessed” by Lorna Goodison
  • Linus Roache (Law and Order, The Wings of the Dove) read “Joyas Voladores” by Brian Doyle
  • Samantha Mathis (Broadway’s 33 Variations; American Psycho) read “Sundays” by Ellen Wilbur
  • Nicole Ansari (Rock n’ Roll on Broadway, As Good as Dead) read “One Moment on Top of the Earth” by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Edi Gathegi (Twilight; The Twilight Saga: New Moon; Gone, Baby, Gone) read “Bons” by Beth Tashery Shannon
  • Amy Irving (Carrie, Hide and Seek) read “The Dead Boy at Your Window” by Bruce Holland Rogers
Act II
  • Janel Moloney (The West Wing, Desperate Measures) read “Recorded Message” by Philip Dacey
  • John Heard (Home Alone, The Sopranos) read “Tomorrow’s Bird” by Ian Frazier
  • Sean Young (Bladerunner) read “Not the Plaster Casters” by Janice Eidus
  • Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, The Escapist) read “The Human Table” by Marvin Cohen
  • Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Joan of Arcadia)read “The Kiss” by Pamela Painter
  • Jackson Rathbone (Twilight; The Twilight Saga: New Moon) read “The Bank Robbery” by Steve Schutzman
  • Amy Irving (Carrie, Hide and Seek) read “The Dead Boy at Your Window” by Bruce Holland Rogers

With After Party musical performances by Jackson Rathbone and Ben Graupner 100 Monkeys Produced and Directed by Cedering FoxTechnical Director Todd J. GoldblattSound Design Craig Freeman

Lighting Design Sebastian Paczynski

Special Thanks to Jane Oster, WordTheatre Honory Board Chair, for her enormous contribution to tonight’s event and Darrell Larson for his support

Special Thanks to East Hampton Wines and Liquors and Park Place Wines and Liquors

This Benefit was Made Possible With Support From the