Vanessa Williams and Judith Light Will Lend Glitter to December 4 Right Before I Go Benefit | Playbill

Benefits and Galas Vanessa Williams and Judith Light Will Lend Glitter to December 4 Right Before I Go Benefit Tony Award winners Ellen Burstyn, Michael Cerveris, and Elizabeth Ashley will also appear in the event at NYC’s Town Hall.
Vanessa Williams

Multiple Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award nominee Vanessa Williams; and Tony winners Judith Light, Alice Ripley, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Cerveris, and Elizabeth Ashley are scheduled to perform at the December 4 New York City premiere of Right Before I Go, Stan Zimmerman’s play built on the last words of people lost to suicide. The evening will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the JED Foundation.

Recent additions to the cast include Jake Cannavale (Fish in the Dark), Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex), Lenny Platt (Quantico), Edward Hibbert (The Drowsy Chaperone), Susan Heyward (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Jin Ha (M. Butterfly), Mark Blum (Mozart in the Jungle), and singers from Broadway Dreams.

Those celebrities will take the stage alongside the previously announced Drama Desk-winning stage and screen star Lois Smith, Maulik Pancholy (It’s Only a Play), Raviv Ullman (Disney’s Phil of the Future), Jennifer Lim (Chinglish), Maggie Lacey (Dividing the Estate), and TV star Wilson Bethel.

Former Hartford Stage Artistic Director Michael Wilson will direct. The 8 PM performance will take place at Town Hall theatre, 123 West 43rd Street, near Times Square.

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Consisting of accounts from people “including the heartsick, bullied, veterans, mentally ill and the achingly lonely,” Right Before I Go is designed to “help broaden public perspective of suicide, eliminate the stigma associated with depression, and strengthen the relationship between survivors and those struggling every day.”

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day across the United States, and can be reached at (800) 273-8255.

Right Before I Go made its world premiere at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Zimmerman has written scripts for TV series including The Golden Girls, Roseanne, and Gilmore Girls, and served as executive producer of the 2008 series Rita Rocks. He was also co-writer for the 1996 feature film A Very Brady Sequel.

Tickets for Right Before I Go cost $52–$502 and can be purchased online at or in person at the Town Hall box office. Tickets purchased at the $252 level and above come with admission to a VIP pre-show cocktail reception.


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