Paul Rudd, Kelli O'Hara and Ben Taylor have been added to a star-studded line-up of participating artists, as Our Time fetes music legend Carly Simon at their 8th Annual Gala, April 19th, 2010, at NYU's Skirball Center & Rosenthal Pavilion.
The celebration, hosted by Edie Falco, will feature performances by Lauren Ambrose, Victor Garber, John Forté, Stiller & Meara, numerous other acclaimed artists, as well as kids who stutter, who will cover such Carly Simon hits as "You're So Vain," "Anticipation," "Let the River Run," and other favorites. Honorary Chairs are Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols. Co-Chairs are Scott M. Delman & Fred Nelson.
The evening will be directed by Our Time Founder Taro Alexander, with Musical Direction by Everett Bradley.
Participating Artists include (list subject to change): Paul Rudd; Kelli O'Hara; Lauren Ambrose; Talia Balsam; Michael Cerveris; Ben Taylor; Lucy Woodward; Nadia Dajani; Ned Eisenberg; John Forté; Dominic Fumusa; Victor Garber; Lauren Graham; Kathryn Grody; Ilana Levine; David Alan Basche; Alysia Reiner; Jesse L. Martin; Anne Meara; John Oliver; Austin Pendleton; Rosie Perez; Billy Porter; Ron Rifkin; Ramon Rodriguez; Daphne Rubin-Vega; Amy Ryan; Jonathan Schwartz; Ed Sherin; John Slattery; Fisher Stevens; Jerry Stiller; Mary Testa; B.D. Wong.
For millions of children who stutter, there is no escape from the daily shame and emotional distress caused by this common, but widely misunderstood, speech disorder. Discrimination and social isolation can crush the spirit of these kids, as stuttering erodes a child's desire to speak, communicate and/or express themselves in any meaningful way. Often, they simply shut down.
At Our Time, children who stutter are given a window of hope and a dignified path to a life filled with self-esteem instead of self-loathing. Our Time is a non-profit organization that uses the arts as an innovative and effective tool to help improve the confidence and communication skills of children who stutter, ages 8-18. The company is committed to offering its NYC programming free of charge and providing financial aid for its national program, Camp Our Time.