Photo Flash: Terrence McNally, Ed Asner, Lea Thompson and More at Skylight Theatre's SALUTE

The Skylight Theatre Company is honoring multi-award winning playwright Terrence McNally in a weekend star-studded event. The festivities kicked off last night, September 26, and BroadwayWorld has photos of McNally and more below!

Throughout the weekend, celebrity guests are set to include Lisa Kudrow (Web Therapy, Friends), Leslie Odom Jr. (Smash, Broadway: Leap of Faith), Mary McDonnell (Major Crimes), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Sharon Lawrence (Rizzoli & Isles), Richard Kind (Broadway: Big Knife), Ed Asner (Lou Grant), Jeff Perry (Scandel), Shoshana Bean (Broadway: Wicked), Tim Cummings (Rogue Machine, New Electric Ballroom; LADCC and LA Weekly Awards), Tyne Daly (Broadway: Master Class), Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight; Welcome To The Family), Barrett Foa (NCIS Los Angeles), Jorge Garcia(Lost), John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C), Michael Arden (Broadway: Big River; Off Bway: Swimming In The Shallows), Christopher Hanke (Broadway: Rent; In My Life), Stacy Keach (Frost/Nixon), Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond), Steven Weber (Studio 60), Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock), Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Peter Jason (Arrested Development), James Wolk (Mad Men), and many more...

As the first of an annual series honoring America's great playwrights, the 2013 Skylight Salute will include the following events. More information at

On Sept. 27th at 8pm, Terrence McNally will be featured on an industry panel spotlighting his work and career. The event will be held at Skylight Theatre (located at 1816 1/2 N. Vermont, LA, 90027) and moderated by Dan Bucatinsky (Executive Producer of Web Therapy). On Sept. 28th at 3pm and 8pm, audiences can attend a star-studded Premiere reading of Terrence's updated comedy classic, It's Only A Play, at the Skylight Theatre. On Sundaymorning Sept. 29th, Terrence will teach a master class on writing, and later that night he will be honored at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills with an All-Star celebration directed by Tony Award nominee Sheryl Kaller and featuring celebrities from stage, television, and screen. Performances will include excerpts from Terrence's wide body of work, including the musicals Ragtime, The Full Monty, and Kiss of the Spider Woman as well as his Tony Award winning plays Master Class, Love! Valor! Compassion! and others. The evening is being produced by Andrew Carlberg, Suzi Dietz and Gary Grossman.

"The Skylight Salute is a perfect opportunity to bring the Los Angeles theater community together and to pay tribute to the men and women who create the plays that resonate with audiences for generations," says Suzi Dietz, Skylight Theatre Company Board President.

For more information, call (702) 582-8587 or visit

Photo Credit: Ed Krieger

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Billy Zane, Peter Jason, Ed Asner and Dan McCleary

Sharon Lawrence, Peter Jason and Lea Thompson

Billy Zane, Gary Grossman (Producing Artistic Director of Skylight Theatre Company), and Terrence McNally

Skylight Theatre Company (Board Members) honor Terrence McNally during a kick-off celebration party at the home of producer Suzi Dietz.

Tony Award nominee Sheryl Kaller, Don Amendola and Tony Abatemarco

Don Roos, Terrence McNally and Sharon Lawrence

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