27th Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit at UCLA #SimplyShakespeare
27th Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit at UCLA #SimplyShakespeare

Mingle Media TV and our Red Carpet Report team with host, Keetin Marchi, were invited to talk to talent at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (SCLA) 27th Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit at the Freud Playhouse, on the UCLA Campus.

At the event, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks hosted the hilarious Forbidden Shakespeare play, The Tempest, during an evening of improvised Shakespeare and song featuring Charles Richard Lester playing a Theremin and an intergalactic star-studded cast including Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, William Shatner, Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Chiklis, Alfred Molina, Glenn Howerton, Susannah Fielding, David Cross who improvised their way through a condensed version of The Tempest.

In attendance were Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Ben Harper, William Shatner, Kyle MacLachlan, Alfred Molina, Michael Chiklis, Glenn Howerton, Susannah Fielding, David Cross, Charles Richard Lester, Ben Donenberg (SCLA Founding Artistic Director) and others.

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About Simply Shakespeare
The evening is sponsored by the Entertainment Industry Foundation and includes a pre-show wine reception kindly provided by the Gallo Family of Wines, followed by a post-performance reception with the cast.  All proceeds from the event support the SCLA and its arts-based employment programs for chronically unemployed veterans and urban youth, that blend White House award-winning immersive arts engagement for youth living at the poverty threshold, chronically unemployed vets and award-winning professional productions supported by a veteran workforce.

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