July 18, 2018

Celebrities Stage Benefit for Student Trip to Washington, D.C.

 

Award-winning actors Ed O’Neill (Modern Family), Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy), and Cameron Daddo (24), will star opposite their wives in special benefit performances of A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, Love Letters at the Westside Waldorf School in Pacific Palisades on March 12 and 13. All proceeds will go towards the school’s 8th grade class, who hope to tour Washington, D.C. and meet their Congressional leaders in May (culminating a year-long study of American history). The parents and students have spent the last three years trying imaginative ways to raise funds for their trip.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ED O’NEILL

Celebrities Stage Benefit for Student Trip to Washington, D.C.

Actor Ed O’Neill is one of the celebrities performing in a benefit at the Westside Waldorf School in March.

“We’ve had bake sales, sold t-shirts, made special lunches,” says Jack Wolcott, a class member who lives in Topanga, “and the play is going to help a lot.” The idea for the production came from eighth-grade parent Cameron Daddo who reached out to some fellow thespians.

“Ed and Isaiah are both fantastic fathers, husbands and supporters of Westside Waldorf School,” says Daddo. “I was happy that neither one hesitated to accept the invitation to do Love Letters, with their wives, who are fabulous actresses in their own right."

Love Letters tells the extraordinary relationship between a lawyer and an artist, whose lives have been entwined since they met in second grade. Love Letters brings to life their correspondence over 50 years, chronicling hopes, dreams, romance, marriage, and separation; from teenage valentines to the letters and postcards that mark the trials of adulthood.

Daddo sees a connection between the play and the 8th grade Waldorf students, who have had a unique bond since elementary school. “I had the opportunity in Australia to do Love Letters at the Opera House in Sydney,” he said. “It was an extraordinary experience for me to read these words. I have witnessed this class from nursery to 8th grade, and watched them grow through life together. Love Letters is a great metaphor for their friendship and their evolution as individuals and as a group... it just seems right to honor them, by performing this play for them and the community, in order to assist them onto more adventures and wisdom.”

Performances of Love Letters will be held Friday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday March 13 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the school’s Main Campus, 17310 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. Tickets are $20, suggested donation. For more information call the Westside Waldorf School at (310) 454-7064 or visit westsidewaldorf.org. All proceeds benefit the Westside Waldorf School 8th grade.