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Pasadena Playhouse, Second City Hollywood to hold Haiti relief events

January 22, 2010 |  5:45 pm


Two L.A.-area theaters -- the Pasadena Playhouse and Hollywood's Second City -- have announced that they will be holding Haiti earthquake relief events in the coming weeks.

The Pasadena Playhouse said it will hold a one-night-only benefit concert on Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will go to support three relief funds --  Save the Children, UNICEF and the Clinton Bush Haiti Relief Fund, according to the theater company. Tickets for the concert are priced at $25, $50 and $100.

The concert will be directed by Iona Morris, with Gerald Sternbach serving as musical director. Performers scheduled to appear include Loretta Devine, James Barbour, Dawnn Lewis, Shoshana Bean, Sharon Lawrence, Yvette Cason, Sharon Brown and others.

There will also be a pre-show raffle, with items donated by local theaters and businesses.

Hollywood's Second City said today that it is heading up "LA Improv Relief Week for Haiti," a series of performances that includes the participation of three other improv companies in L.A.: IO West, Upright Citizens Brigade and the Groundlings.

The participating comedy theater companies will collect donations from their patrons from Jan. 24 to 31 at each performance at their respective venues.

Second City said 100% of donations will be given to Haiti relief organizations.

In addition, the participating comedy theater companies will be holding their own events where ticket revenue and donations will be given to Haiti relief organizations.

Hollywood's Second City will hold an evening of "pay what you can" alumni performances on the evening of Jan. 30.

The Groundlings and IO West will each host special events at their respective venues on Jan. 28, featuring alumni from their stages. And the Upright Citizens Brigade will offer "Mercycat: A Haiti Earthquake Relief Benefit" on Jan. 31. 

-- David Ng

Photo: The courtyard at the Pasadena Playhouse. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times