Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, Manhattan, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Reading selections from Chekhov's works will be Tony Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Marian Seldes and Tony Award Winners Tammy Grimes and Fritz Weaver. Also joining them are distinguished artists Betsy Von Furstenberg, Ronald Rand, Conrad Simon Rothbaum, and Bess Rous.
The TIPA Project, or Toward International Peace Through the Arts, was founded by Stanley Tannen. Mr. Tannen began organizing readings in 1972. In 2006, the president of the United Nations Society of Writers nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize. Mr. Tannen is entering his 40th year as a peace advocate and activist dedicated to promoting the Humanities as an instrument for peace. He envisioned TIPA has a way to create an "international conversation by means of free public readings and performances from great works of world literature, poetry, music, and drama. These programs not only celebrate and honor the literary, artistic, and cultural heritages of the nations of the world; they also encourage an ever-increasing number of people worldwide to integrate literature and the arts into their daily lives, to lift their spirits and to act as a powerful force for peace and reconciliation. The Humanities help to bring out our own humanity and to make us more proactive in working for justice, equality, and world peace."
Personally, attending these readings is a peaceful respite away from the stress of the office. I get lost in the voices and words and bring a great sense of peace back to my office, which hopefully spreads to my co-workers.
For more information about TIPA, contact Mr. Stanley Tannen at 212-246-4651.