Theater J Benefit November 1, 2018

6:30 PM – Cocktail Reception
8:00 PM – Performance

Join us for an exclusive sneak peek of the newest play by Tony and Olivier Award winner Ken Ludwig, directed and introduced by the playwright himself (Crazy For You, Lend Me a Tenor, Baskerville, A Fox On the Fairway). An effervescent and delightful romance, Dear Jack, Dear Louise tells the true story of the courtship of Ludwig’s own parents. It is 1942, and U.S. Army Captain Jacob S. Ludwig, stationed in Oregon, has become pen pals with Louise Rabiner, an aspiring actress in New York City. Through letters, notes, and telegrams, the young Jewish lovers must find their way toward each other—even though they have never met. Don’t miss this concert reading of a hilarious and surprising new play by DC’s own master of comedy.

Starring Tony Award nominees SANTINO FONTANA and LAURA OSNES.

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  • $3,600Eight “Around Town” Sponsor: A reserved table for 8 at the cocktail reception, 8 premium seats at the performance, recognition as an Eight Around Town Sponsor, and complimentary valet parking for up to four vehicles
  • $1,800Two “Around Town” Sponsor: A pair of tickets to the cocktail party and premium seating at the performance, recognition as a Silver Two Around Town Sponsor, and complimentary valet parking
  • $850Premium Pair: A pair of tickets to the cocktail party and premium seating at the performance
  • $300 – Supporter: A ticket to the cocktail party and performance

Ken Ludwig is a Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright who has written over 26 plays and musicals, including 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London’s West End.  His first Broadway play, Lend Me A Tenor, won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. His other awards include the Helen Hayes Award, the 2017 Samuel French Award for Sustained Excellence in the American Theatre, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theater.  His book How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, published by Penguin/Random House, won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of the Year, and his essays are published by the Yale Review. Ken’s best known works include Crazy For You (5 years on Broadway, Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical), Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo, Baskerville, Sherwood, A Fox on the Fairway, and a stage version of Murder on the Orient Express, written expressly at the request of the Agatha Christie Estate.   His newest play, The Gods of Comedy, will premiere at The McCarter Theater in Princeton and The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in the spring of 2019.  On Broadway and the West End, his plays have starred Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Tony Shalhoub, Lynn Redgrave and Joan Collins. His work has been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages, and is produced somewhere in the United States and abroad every night of the year.

LAURA OSNES most recently starred in the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Bandstand (Drama Desk, Drama League nominations), which will be screened in movie theaters this June by Fathom Events. Other Broadway: Cinderella in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Drama Desk Award; Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Astaire nominations), Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde (Tony Award nomination), after creating the role at Asolo Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award), Hope Harcourt in the Tony Award winning revival of Anything Goes (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire Award nominations), Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of South Pacific, and Sandy in the most recent revival of Grease Other New York/regional credits include Crazy For You (Manhattan Concert Productions), The Blueprint Specials (Public Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (Atlantic Theater; Drama Desk Award nomination), City Center Encores! productions of The Band Wagon, Randy Newman’s Faust, and Pipe Dream; The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall), Carousel opposite Steven Pasquale (Lyric Opera of Chicago), and Broadway: Three Generations (Kennedy Center). On television, she has been seen on the CBS series Elementary, in the HBO pilot The Miraculous Year, Live From Lincoln Center: Bernstein On Broadway, Sondheim: The Birthday Concert, HBO’s documentary Six By Sondheim, A Capital Fourth (PBS – 2017), and the Kennedy Center Honors salutes to Barbara Cook (2011) and Dustin Hoffman (2012). Her many concerts and cabarets include performing with Michael Feinstein, the New York Philharmonic, The New York Pops, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Boston Pops, The San Francisco Symphony, The National Symphony Orchestra, as well as appearing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Café Carlyle, 54 Below, Lincoln Center, NJPAC, The Smith Center in Las Vegas, and MN Orchestra Hall. In addition to being heard on several cast recordings, Laura has two solo albums, Dream A Little Dream: Live at The Café Carlyle and If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston.