Wednesday, May 11, 2011

All About Eve Season of Concern Benefit Reading May 23

Award-winning actress Hollis Resnik is Margo Channing in Season of Concern’s benefit reading of “All About Eve” May 23 at the Mayne Stage.

The reading of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s iconic 1950 screenplay is directed by longtime Goodman Theatre associate producer Steve Scott. Show time is 7:00 PM.

Resnik will be joined onstage by other Chicago favorites including Larry Yando as Addison DeWitt, Heidi Kettenring as Karen, Steppenwolf ensemble member James Vincent Meredith as Bill, Peggy Roeder as Birdie, Northlight Theatre Artistic Director BJ Jones as Llyod, Ross Lehman as Max Fabian, Maura Kidwell as Ms. Caswell, and Sandra Delgado as Eve. Longtime Chicago musician John Steinhagen is the Pianist. Additional casting will be announced shortly.

The 1950 film "All About Eve" starred Bette Davis as Channing, the prominent yet aging Broadway star, and Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington, a willingly helpful young fan who insinuates herself into Channing's life. The film was written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the short story "The Wisdom of Eve" by Mary Orr.

The film was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won six, including Best Picture.

Season of Concern is the Chicago theatre community’s fundraising effort, providing compassionate care to artists who are experiencing life-threatening illnesses. Each year, Season of Concern raises funds that provide direct care and address critical healthcare needs for Chicago theatre community members.

At the benefit, Season of Concern will present its 4th Annual Larry Sloan Awards to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, former SoC board president Barry Taylor, and longtime SoC fundraiser Karen Bronson.

“All About Eve” is presented by special arrangement with Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Sonia Friedman Productions. Windy City Media Group is a media sponsor.

The Mayne Stage is located at 1328 W. Morse Avenue. Valet parking is available for $5.00 at the door. Tickets for the reading go on sale on Wednesday, April 20 and are $45, or two for $80. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

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