Sep 24, 2013
01:40 PMArts & Entertainment
What's Emmy Winner Laura Linney Doing Saturday? Aiding a Connecticut Cause
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 12: Actress Laura Linney poses with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film backstage at Women In Film's 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 1.
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Here’s the type of juxtaposition from the world of culture and entertainment that makes Connecticut such a great state to call home: Last Sunday evening, actress Laura Linney won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her portrayal of Cathy Jamison in The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime’s “cancer comedy.” This coming Saturday, Sept. 28, Linney will be joining some distinguished fellow actors in a benefit in the small but sophisticated Litchfield County town of Salisbury for a privately-funded social services agency that provides emergency financial aid for individuals and families in need.
You can join in helping those families, and in the process rub elbows with—or at least enjoy the performances of—Linney, Mamie Gummer (Meryl Streep’s daughter), John Benjamin Hickey, who won a Tony for his performance in The Normal Heart, and Edward Herrmann.
The event is entitled Salisbury Our Town: An Evening of Readings Celebrating Small Town Life, and it’s an original, one-time-only performance that combines local memoirs and oral history with literary and dramatic readings.
It will be held in the Walker Theatre at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville at 6 p.m. Tickets are are general admission—$25 for adults and $10 for students—and are available online at www.salisburyfamilyservices.org or at Johnnycake Books in Salisbury (12 Academy St. (860) 435-6677; www.johnnycakebooks.com).
According to a release, the local material, mostly from the 1800’s, comes from Salisbury archives and from the town’s oral history project. Among the literary readings are selections from the works of E. B. White, e e cummings and Thornton Wilder.
A highlight of the program will be Herrmann performing a monologue of the stage manager’s role from Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Our Town. Local authors John Burnham Schwartz and Ann Arensberg will read from their own novels set in New England. The Joint Chiefs will add songs and music to the program.
The program will last a little more than an hour, so patrons can plan their evening afterwards, or attend one of the dinners being sponsored for the event by SFS supporters in private residences in Salisbury, the release said. The price for dinner, including performance ticket, is $200 per person.
Salisbury Family Services, founded during the Great Depression, is Salisbury’s local, privately-funded social service agency. It provides emergency financial aid for individuals and families in need.