12/11/2007

UPDATED: Write Aid Benefit Concert

DISCOUNT TICKETS AVAILABLE: If you are a Union Member who has lost their job or been otherwise adversely affected due to the WGA Strike, please use the following code when purchasing your tickets AIDWGA. Tickets purchased using this code will cost $15 per person. You may purchase a maximum of 4 tickets at this price. There is a limited number of tickets available at this price so it will be first-come, first-served. You may purchase the tickets through the avenues listed below.

Marti Noxon, Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin and the United Showrunner Committee
cordially invite you to attend

WRITE AID

A Benefit Concert to Provide Assistance
to Industry Employees Affected by the WGA Strike

Performers currently scheduled:

Eddie Izzard
Lewis Black
Patton Oswalt
Sarah Silverman
&
Tenacious D
(featuring Jack Black & Kyle Gass)

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14th at 8 p.m.
ROYCE HALL at UCLA

Tickets - $75 per person
Tickets can be purchased
By visiting
www.UCLALive.org
Or calling
(310) 825-2101
Or by contacting
Ticketmaster

Tickets also available in person at the UCLA Central Ticket Office
Southwest corner of the James West Alumni Center
And at
All Ticketmaster Outlets

Write Aid is presented by members of the Writers Guild of America West, the Screen Actors Guild and West Beth Entertainment.

The idea originated with the United Showrunners Committee who wanted a way to reach out to the Industry community during the strike. Dawn and Nicole, Executive Producers of “The Riches” approached star Eddie Izzard. “I wanted to help because the WGA struggle is in the same area as the SAG struggle will be in a few months time.” Izzard said. “We will also be negotiating over Internet residuals, so doing the benefit seemed like a good way of helping out and showing solidarity.”

“A small group of writers and performers came together recently in the hopes of reconfirming our solidarity, as well as raising spirits and money as the Holidays fast approach,” explains Marti Noxon, Executive Producer and Showrunner of the series “Private Practice.”

For 30 years WestBeth Entertainment, led by President Arnold Engelman, has produced critically acclaimed work in live entertainment. Productions have included the sold-out national tours of Eddie Izzard’s Dress to Kill, Circle and Sexie; Billy Connolly’s Too Old to Die Young (North American Tour); Lewis Black’s Nothing’s Sacred (Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall) and Red, White and Screwed (NY City Center); The Family Guy Live (NY, Los Angeles, Chicago) and Wigfield featuring Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello (Off-Broadway, National Tour); WestBeth recently produced Margaret Cho’s The Sensuous Woman in New York and Eric Idle’s play What About Dick? in Los Angeles.

7 comments:

Sell said...

I know that someone earlier said that it is pretty clear who this benefit helps, but I think most people are wondering, "How does it help?" Do you have to sign up for benefits? Do you have to have been working on a show that was shut down? What if you haven't worked in a couple of years in the business, do you still get to apply for benefits? Can people get help with their medical bills now that they don't have health insurance because of the strike? All of these "benefit shows" seem good on paper, but no one has clearly laid out how they will work. It seems like a publicity stunt mostly to get good press. Someone, and I mean someone who is organizing these "benefits," should clearly spell out how this helps non-working crew members.

S said...

What if you work in the business but aren't in a union? What about assistants and production assistants? Do they get help too?

Miss Anthropy said...

I'm not sure it's such a good idea to leave the coupon code out in the open like that, unless you're all right with a lot of non-guild patrons getting in at the guild price. Which you might just be, but you know, since the point was to raise money...

hollarback said...

Great idea, wish I could go. Good man that Eddie Izzard.

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QuoterGal said...

I just got back from the benefit and it was well-run and well-attended - and Patton Oswalt and Eddie Izzard killed. No sign of Lewis Black and no mention of him, but Andy Dick seemed to be there in his place (?!!?)

Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Gass) and Sarah Silverman were good, but to me there was no question that Patton and Eddie were the stand-outs of the evening. I hope this raised a lot of money - there was no written program that I could see, so no blurb about how this money will be used or distributed, though John Bowman was there and did speak about the strike and the need for union and industry trades solidarity.

I trust the showrunners and organizers will let us know if the event was a financial success - as far as I could see it was a great idea that seemed be executed smoothly - although I really had looked forward to hearing Lewis Black get all pissed off about the AMPTP. He would have been cruel but fair.

quip said...

I saw this show last night and I have to say, what a load of crap that was. No Lewis Black and not even an explanation or even a comment that he wasn't going to be there. Instead, we were forced to endure Andy Dick - a guy's whose idea of comedy is 'Roses are red, violets are blue... penis.' This wasn't a comedy show, it was a cry for help. Eddie Izzard was the only funny thing all night, and unfortunately, it was a long night!