Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

The Shakespeare Center Los Angeles, a professional and community-based non-profit theater company, celebrated its 25th anniversary serving LA by creating accessible theater that builds community in innovative, unexpected ways. With the recent budget cuts to the Los Angeles Unified School District's arts programs, the Shakespeare Center Los Angeles' actors and youth programming have become invaluable tools for promoting participation in live theater and the other performing arts with the city's youth.

2010 also marks the 20th anniversary of Simply Shakespeare, the organization's annual fundraising event, and in celebration of this milestone, Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and a star-studded cast, including Ewan McGregor, Helen Hunt and Dulé Hill, will perform a reading of "Much Ado About Nothing," under the direction of Ben Donenberg, founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare Center Los Angeles. In addition, Jackson Browne will perform during the show, along with Sara and Sean Watkins.
As part of this successful fundraiser, Shakespeare Center Los Angeles is auctioning off a speaking role in the show, where the winner will participate in rehearsal, gain admission to the VIP post-show party and take a group photo with the cast, including Wilson, Hanks and Browne, which the cast will all sign. The auction is now open and will close on April 4 at 7:00pm PDT.

All proceeds from the eBay auction support Shakespeare Center Los Angeles and its nationally replicated summer youth employment and enrichment initiatives targeting young people living under severe economic strains.

Shakespeare Center Los Angeles' Simply Shakespeare adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing" is made possible by the support of Deutsche Bank. The reading will take place on Monday, April 12th at 7:30pm at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Tickets cost $350 and $500 and can be purchased through Lauran Huff at Levy Pazanti Associates.

The Shakespeare Center Los Angeles auction site is http://stores.ebay.com/Auction-Cause-Charity-Auctions/Simply-Shakespeare.html. For more information on the Simply Shakespeare fundraiser or Shakespeare Center Los Angeles, please visit www.ShakespeareCenter.org.

The charity auction is being managed by Auction Cause, a premier online auction management agency specializing in high-profile design, strategy, and cause marketing for corporations and nonprofits worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.auctioncause.com/.

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Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Ewan McGregor

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Martin Sheen, Nikki Reed and Dule Hill

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Nikki Reed and Dule Hill

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Ewan McGregor and Brent Spiner

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Ewan McGregor and Brent Spiner

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Keanu Reeves, Dule Hill and Bronson Pinchot

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Jackson Browne and Keanu Reeves

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Keanu Reeves and Bronson Pinchot

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Brent Spiner and Nikki Reed

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Keanu Reeves and Michael McKean

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Keanu Reeves

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Keanu Reeves and Michael McKean

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Keanu Reeves and Bronson Pinchot

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Ewan McGregor, Dule Hill and Brent Spiner

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Ewan McGregor and Dule Hill

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Ewan McGregor and Dule Hill

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Helen Hunt and Ewan McGregor

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Helen Hunt and Ewan McGregor

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Jackson Browne

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Jackson Browne

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Ben Donenberg

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Martin Sheen, Tom Hanks and Dana Carvey

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Martin Sheen and Tom Hanks

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Martin Sheen, Tom Hanks and Dana Carvey

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Martin Sheen, Tom Hanks and Dana Carvey

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Tom Hanks and Dana Carvey

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Tom Hanks and Dana Carvey

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Tom Hanks

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Tom Hanks

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Tom Hanks

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Tom Hanks

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Tom Hanks and Dana Carvey

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Tom Hanks and Dana Carvey

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Rita Wilson, Jackson Browne, Director Ben Donenberg and Dianna Cohen

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Helen Hunt

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Helen Hunt

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Ewan McGregor

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Helen Hunt and Ewan McGregor

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Helen Hunt and Ewan McGregor

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Keanu Reeves, Rita Wilson, Ewan McGregor and daughter Clara McGregor

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Martin Sheen

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Dale Franzen and Rita Wilson

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Rita Wilson and Ben Donenberg

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Rita Wilson

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Rita Wilson

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Dale Franzen

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Dale Franzen

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Nikki Reed

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Helen Hunt

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Keanu Reeves and Dana Carvey

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Tom Hanks

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Tom Hanks

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Tom Hanks

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Jackson Browne and Rita Wilson

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Tom Hanks and Dana Carvey

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Dana Carvey and Tom Hanks

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Martin Sheen, Ewan McGregor, Dule Hill and Brent Spiner

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Helen Hunt and Ewan McGregor

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Ewan McGregor, Dule Hill and Brent Spiner

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Tom Hanks and Dana Carvey

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Tom Hanks

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Tom Hanks, Dana Carvey and Bronson Pinchot

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Tom Hanks, Dana Carvey and Bronson Pinchot

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Ewan McGregor and Helen Hunt

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Helen Hunt and Ewan McGregor

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Helen Hunt and Ewan McGregor

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Tom Hanks, Nikki Reed, Helen Hunt and Ewan McGregor

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Nikki Reed, Helen Hunt and Ewan McGregor

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Nikki Reed, Martin Sheen, Dule Hill and Brent Spiner

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Nikki Reed and Dule Hill

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Nikki Reed

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Dana Carvey

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Dana Carvey

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Brent Spiner, Dule Hill and Keanu Reeves

Photo Flash: Shakespeare Center Los Angeles Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

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