By Ernio Hernandez
27 Sep 2004
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Tonya Pinkins, Bebe Neuwirth, Justin Theroux and more special guests will help the LAByrinth Theatre Company members return for "Celebrity Charades: The Rematch at The Roxy," Sept. 27.
The second annual LAB benefit will also honor George C. Wolfe with The Dave Hoghe Award for "his artistic courage and outstanding dedication to LAByrinth Theater Company" and host a live auction.
The event will feature "The Fearless Challengers" miming their best versus "The Reigning Champions." Among the featured players will be artistic directors Philip Seymour Hoffman (Long Day's Journey Into Night) and John Ortiz (Anna in the Tropics), Mos Def (Topdog/Underdog), Rosie Perez (Reckless), Tonya Pinkins (Caroline,or Change), Jimmy Smits (Anna in the Tropics), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent), Kristen Johnston (Aunt Dan and Lemon), Bebe Neuwirth (Here Lies Jenny), Maya Rudolph ("Saturday Night Live"), Justin Theroux ("Six Feet Under"), Bob Balaban ("A Mighty Wind"), Bobby Cannavale (Fucking A), Sam Rockwell ("Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"), Dean Cain ("Lois & Clark"), Peter Dinklage ("The Station Agent"), David Zayas (Anna in the Tropics), director Brett Ratner ("Rush Hour"), designer Cynthia Rowley, Yul Vazquez (Stendahl Syndrome), director George C. Wolfe (Caroline, or Change) and Jeffrey Wright (Angels in America).
Playwright Eric Bogosian is set to host the live auction featuring "money-can't-buy items (like bowling with Hugh Jackman; dinner and an evening of theatre with Vanessa Redgrave; and Philip Seymour Hoffman reading Dr. Seuss to your children)," according to a release.
Last year, the troupe presented Madonna with the inaugural Dave Hoghe Award. The songstress helped LAByrinth bring its production of Jesus Hopped the A Train to London's West End in 2002.
THE LAByrinth Theater Company began in 1992 when 13 actors joined forces to form a place to work. The company has since garnered acclaim for its stagings of Stephen Adly Guirgis' works Jesus Hopped the A Train and Our Lady of 121st Street. The company, as last season, is in residence at the Public Theater.
The benefit evening with "Celebrity Charades" is scheduled to start with a VIP reception at 6:30 PM at The Roxy, 515 West 18 Street. Tickets are available by calling (212) 279-4200.
For more information on the company, visit www.labtheater.org.