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The Shakespeare Center Of Los Angeles To Honor Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks At 25th Annual Simply Shakespeare Benefit

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Star-studded cast to include: Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, 
Bette Midler, William Shatner, Martin Short, 
Christina Applegate, Jason Alexander, Gillian Jacobs, 
Anthony Mackie and more

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (SCLA) presents its 25th Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit reading of "Twelfth Night" directed by Ben Donenberg Dec. 8 at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

This year's event will honor long-time Shakespeare Center supporters Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks for their 25 year commitment to bringing the works of William Shakespeare at no charge to the Los Angeles community and creating programs for young people throughout the city.

The hilarious evening of impromptu Shakespeare and song will feature a star-studded cast including Wilson and Hanks, along with Bette Midler, William Shatner, Martin Short, Gillian Jacobs, Jason Alexander, Christina Applegate and Anthony Mackie with a special appearance by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The evening includes a pre-show cocktail reception, followed by a post performance reception with the cast.

All proceeds from the event support the SCLA and its arts based veteran employment and youth employment programs for inner-city youth, arts education in local schools, and professional union contracted productions at the Japanese Garden on the grounds of the West Los Angeles Veterans Medical Center.  

Since 1985, SCLA has been a vibrant hub of unique programs, performances and events designed to make Shakespeare accessible and engaging to all.

SCLA continues to build community through its innovative outreach programs including "Will Power to Youth," an academic enrichment program that combines hands-on artistic experience with paid job training and arts education for at-risk youth.

More importantly, it instills a lasting sense of creativity and competency in the youth who participate.

SCLA's "Veterans in Art" program represents an innovation in veterans programming that explores how the arts can contribute in a meaningful way in the efforts to assist veterans to recover and reintegrate into mainstream Los Angeles civilian life.


The SCLA Simply Shakespeare reading of "Twelfth Night" is made possible by the support of its sponsors, The Capital Group and Occidental Entertainment Holdings. Tickets, $750. For event/ticket information, contact Lauran Huff at (310) 201-5033 or

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