Buscemi, Quinn, Sigler, Etc. Set for Studio Dante Benefit

"First Readings: A Benefit for Studio Dante," featuring a number of film and TV stars, will take place on March 26th at the New York Historical Society (170 Central Park West on 77th St.). 

The benefit will honor actor Jon Voigt (Coming Home, Midnight Cowboy, Ali), and will feature the talents of Steve Buscemi, Jon Bon Jovi, Sam Rockwell, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Aidan Quinn and Piper Perabo.  The stars will be featured in readings of two short plays - one by Mike Dowling and the other by Adam Szymkowicz.  The Voigt tribute will be hosted by Professor Richard Brown (AMC's "Movies 101").

Michael Imperioli, the Emmy-winning "Sopranos" actor who stars in Studio Dante's current production Chicken, will introduce the plays.  Imperioli, with wife Victoria, is the co-artistic director of Studio Dante.  In addition, Steve Schirripa, also of "The Sopranos" will host a live auction.  Architectural Digest presents.

Chicken, by Michael Batistick and directed by Nick Sandow, runs through April 7th.  The show is a "devilish comedy" that "investigates power, community and loss, and searches for grace in the most unlikely places," according to press materials.

Visit www.studiodante.com for more information.

Photo of Sam Rockwell by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

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