An extraordinary galaxy of luminaries from the worlds of film, music, literature, theater, and opera present a concert version of The World of Nick Adams, based on the immortal short stories by Ernest Hemingway with incidental music by Aaron Coplan (dramatized by A.E. Hotchner). The all-star cast includes Paul Newman, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Morgan Freeman, Brian Dennehy, Robert Denior, Kevin Kline, Alec Baldwin, Joanne Woodward, Gwyneth Paltrow, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and James Naughton. Frank Corsaro directs.
The evening benefits the Association of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, retreats for many thousands of children stricken with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. First founded by Paul Newman in 1988 these non-profit residential camps are located in Connecticut, New York, Florida, Ireland and France, with new camps in formation in California, North Carolina, and Israel attended by children from the various countries of the region. All children in all the camps are enrolled free of charge. At the camps they find camaraderie, joy, and a renewed sense of being a child.