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Conversations Program Celebrates Actors In New York Theatre

Originally Posted: March 04, 2011


New York City - The Screen Actors Guild Foundation's successful Conversations program will, for the first time, honor actors working in New York City theatre with the Tuesday, March 8 performance at 7 p.m of Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron's smash hit show "Love, Loss, and What I Wore."

The special event will feature a performance of "Love, Loss, and What I Wore," followed by a post-show Q&A with the current cast, which includes actors from all mediums: TV regulars Katrina Bowden ("30 Rock") and Sabrina Le Beauf ("The Cosby Show"), Broadway star Orfeh ("Legally Blonde"), stage and screen's Barbara Rhoades ("The Goodbye Girl") and soap opera veteran Kim Zimmer ("One Life To Live"). While the special performance is open to the public, the post-performance discussion, moderated by "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" alumna Nancy Giles ("CBS Sunday Morning"), is open to SAG members only.

Since its first Conversations event in 2001, the SAG Foundation's national speaker series has invited well-known, working actors to share their industry experiences and career knowledge with audiences of fellow actors. Conversations also offers screenings of films and television shows followed by question and answer sessions with members of the cast, directors, writers and producers. Past speakers include: Nicole Kidman, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Duvall, James Garner, Kirk Douglas, Forest Whitaker, Laura Linney, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Shirley MacLaine and many more. Past screenings/Q&As include "The King's Speech," "The Social Network," "Winter's Bone," "Avatar," "Precious," "Crazy Heart," "Parenthood," "House," "The Office," and "Glee," among many others. The non-profit SAG Foundation relies on support from grants and donations to maintain its operations, utilizing no portion of Guild member dues or fees to fund programs designed to assist, educate and inspire actors in career, life and community.

"Love, Loss, and What I Wore," presented by Daryl Roth, opened in October 2009 at the Westside Theatre, where it quickly broke all box office records. Directed by Karen Carpenter, this collection of stories is based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, as well as on the recollections of the Ephrons' friends. Like the popular book, "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to.

The production, which was honored with a 2010 Drama Desk Award and a Broadway.com Audience Award, is performed by a rotating cast of five all-star actors, who perform in five-week cycles. Members of the rotating cast have included Samantha Bee, Alexis Bledel, Kristin Chenoweth, Tyne Daly, Fran Drescher, Janeane Garofalo, Melissa Joan Hart, Carol Kane, Stacy London, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Rosie O'Donnell, Rhea Perlman, Caroline Rhea, Doris Roberts, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sherri Shepherd, Brooke Shields, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Cobie Smulders, Rita Wilson and many more.

The performance schedule for "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" is Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets ($79) are available via Telecharge.com (212-239-6200) and in-person at the Westside Theatre Box Office (407 West 43rd Street). Same-day general rush tickets ($25, cash only) are available at the Westside Theatre box office, beginning at noon. (Limited to two rush tickets per person. Seats are based on availability; some are limited view.)




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