Lewis Black and Sarah Jessica Parker Set for the Flea's RAISING A JOYFUL HELL Benefit, 1/13

Sarah Jessica Parker. Photo by Walter McBride.

Welcome in the New Year with The Flea Theater on Monday, January 13 at The Raising A Joyful Hell Benefit. The event honors playwright A.R. Gurney and philanthropists Nancy and Fred Poses for their contributions to The Flea and will feature a variety show starring comedian Lewis Black, actors Tina Benko, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jay O. Sanders and James Waterston, pianist Anthony De Mare, LAVA acrobatic dance and the singing ensemble The Lobbyists as well as members of The Bat Theater Company, the resident artists of The Flea in a preview performance of The Mysteries.

The Raising a Joyful Hell Benefit will take place at MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street. Cocktails will be served at 6:00 p.m. with pop-up food catered by Pinch Food Design in the Lauder Lobby. The performance will take place in the Titus Theater also at MoMA. The cost of a ticket is $250 and will include preshow cocktails. All premium event tickets are sold out at this time. To reserve a seat, call 212-226-0051 x110 or visit www.theflea.org.

The Flea Theater, under Artistic Director Jim Simpson and Producing Director Carol Ostrow, is one of New York's leading off-off-Broadway companies. Winner of a Special Drama Desk Award for outstanding achievement, Obie Awards and an Otto for political theater, The Flea has presented over 100 plays and numerous dance and live music performances since its inception in 1996. Past productions include the premieres by Mallery Avidon, Steven Banks, Thomas Bradshaw, Jonathan Caren, Bathsheba Doran, Will Eno, Karen Finley, Amy Freed, Sean Graney, A.R. Gurney, Hamish Linklater, Enrique Gutiérrez Ortiz Monasterio, Itamar Moses, Anne Nelson, Qui Nguyen, Adam Rapp, Jonathan Reynolds, Roger Rosenblatt, Adriano Shaplin, Elizabeth Swados, and Mac Wellman. Recent successes include Drama Desk nominated She Kills Monsters, These Seven Sicknesses and Restoration Comedy and eight world premieres by A.R. Gurney including the WSJ Best New Play of 2013, Family Furniture.

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