Jason Alexander, Tyne Daly, Cheyenne Jackson and More Honor Terrence McNally at Skylight Theatre Company Sept. 26-29

By Carey Purcell
September 26, 2013

Skylight Theatre Company honors award-winning playwright Terrence McNally with a four-day, star-studded event Sept. 26-29.



Celebrity guests include Mary McDonnell ("Major Crimes"), Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld"), Johnny Galecki ("The Big Bang Theory"), Sharon Lawrence ("Rizzoli & Isles"), Richard Kind (The Big Knife), Ed Asner ("Lou Grant"), Shoshana Bean (Wicked), Tim Cummings (Rogue Machine), Tyne Daly (Master Class), Mary McCormack ("In Plain Sight"), Barrett Foa ("NCIS: Los Angeles"), Jorge Garcia ("Lost"), John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart, "The Big C"), Stacy Keach (Other Desert Cities), Lisa Kudrow ("Web Therapy," "Friends"), Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), Kate Walsh ("Private Practice"), Steven Weber ("Studio 60"), Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu, "30 Rock"), Josh Radnor ("How I Met Your Mother"), Peter Jason ("Arrested Development"), Leslie Odom Jr. ("Smash," Leap of Faith) and James Wolk ("Mad Men").

The event begins with a VIP dinner with McNally at a private residence Sept. 26.

An industry panel, entitled "Does it Take One to Know One?," spotlighting McNally's work and career is scheduled for Sept. 27 at 8 PM. Moderated by Dan Bucatinsky (executive producer of "Web Therapy"), the event is held at UCLA's James Bridges Theatre and focuses on writing gay themes and characters.

Premiere readings of McNally's updated comedy, It's Only a Play, is held at the Skylight Theatre Sept. 28 at 3 PM and 8 PM. Directed by Jack Cummings III, the premiere features Foa, Kudrow, Radnor, McDonnell, Griffin Dunne, John Fleck and Thomas Sadoski.

McNally teaches a master class on writing Sept. 29 before being honored at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills with a celebration directed by Tony Award nominee Sheryl Kaller. The event features celebrities from stage, TV and screen.

Performances include excerpts from McNally's body of work, including the musicals Ragtime, The Full Monty and Kiss of the Spider Woman as well as his Tony Award-winning plays Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion! and others. The evening is being produced by Andrew Carlberg, Suzi Dietz and Gary Grossman.

"The Skylight Salute is a perfect opportunity to bring the Los Angeles theatre community together and to pay tribute to the men and women who create the plays that resonate with audiences for generations," Suzi Dietz, Skylight Theatre company board president, said in a statement.

McNally is a four-time Tony winner for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and for his musical books for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. Additionally, he has won four Drama Desk Awards (Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Master Class; and Ragtime), two Obie Awards (Bad Habits, Love! Valour! Compassion!), two Lucille Lortel Awards (1992 for his body of work and for Lips Together, Teeth Apart) and three Hull Warriner Awards (Bad Habits, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and The Lisbon Traviata).

His recent stage credits include DeuceCatch Me If You Can and Golden Age, and his TV work includes the Emmy Award-winning "Andre's Mother." McNally has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1992. 

More information can be found by visiting skylightsalute.com.