All-Star Reading for Charity

Some of Hollywood’s most celebrated actors will take center stage for a once-in-a-lifetime live performance for charity–and you could be there to see it.

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward have recruited an all-star cast–including Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Goldie Hawn, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Kevin Kline, Danny DeVito, Morgan Freeman, Brian Dennehy, Edward James Olmos and more–to join them in a staged reading of Ernest Hemingway’s The World of Nick Adams on Monday, November 4, 2002, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

The story is based on Hemingway’s Nick Adams character and adapted by novelist A.E. Hotchner, Hemingway’s friend and biographer. Hotchner adapted another Nick Adams tale, The Battler, for NBC in 1956–a production that starred a then-unknown Paul Newman. Newman will re-create his Nick Adams role in the Nov. 4 performance.

Funds from the show will help launch The Painted Turtle Camp, a multi-disease support center, in Lake Elizabeth, California, in 2003. The camp intends to provide support for 3,500 chronically and terminally ill children and their families each year at no cost. The Painted Turtle Camp is part of the Association of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, a coalition of children’s camps founded by Newman and Hotchner in 1986

Individual tickets for The World of Nick Adams reading, sponsored by Allstate Insurance, range from $40-$500 and are available through Ticketmaster by calling 213-480-3232 or by logging on to For premium seats starting at $1,000 and multi-ticket sponsorship packages, please contact Harvin Rogas at 310-559-9334, ext 162.