Dramatic Need in collaboration with Carnegie Hall Presents

Performance Monday, November 13, 2017 | 7:30 PM

The Children's Monologues

A One-Night-Only Theatrical Performance

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
One of the major theatrical events of the season, this dramatic performance features a starry cast of Oscar, Tony, and Emmy award-winning actors. Adapted for the stage by the world’s finest playwrights, The Children’s Monologues are based on the words of children growing up in rural and remote African townships. All proceeds from this one-night-only presentation go to jointly support Dramatic Need and Carnegie Hall.

Directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle


  • Daveed Diggs
  • Lena Dunham
  • Daniel Kaluuya
  • James McAvoy
  • Audra McDonald
  • Ewan McGregor
  • Javier Muñoz
  • Trevor Noah
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Charlize Theron

  • Special musical guests to be announced


    Monologues adapted by N’gozi Anyanwu, Zawe Ashton, Yael Farber, James Graham, David Hare, Joel Horwood, Amy Jephta, Dennis Kelly, Neil LaBute, Jamie Minoprio, Mongiwekhaya, Dominique Morisseau, Lynn Nottage, Tom Stoppard, Jack Thorne, and Laura Wade

    Visual art by Lady Skollie, Tschabalala Self, and Abe Odedina


Making of The Children’s Monologues, staged in October 2015 in London

Event Leadership

Benefit Co-Chairs
Blavatnik Family Foundation
Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman, Jr.
Valentino D. Carlotti
Kirsh Foundation
Aisha and Gbenga Oyebode
Sana H. Sabbagh 
Hope and Robert F. Smith
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas 



Event Details

6 PM  
Gala Dinner (table buyers only)
Rohatyn Room, Carnegie Hall
6 PM  
Cocktail Party ($1,000 ticket buyers only)
Cafe, Carnegie Hall
7:30 PM  
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Carnegie Hall
10 PM  
After-Party with Members of the Cast
Weill Terrace Room and Weill Music Room
Carnegie Hall

Cocktail Attire

Benefit Reservations
Individual ticket reservations include prime seating for the performance and entry to either the pre-performance Cocktail Party ($1,000) or the post-performance After-Party (starting at $2,500). Table reservations (starting at $25,000) include prime seating for the performance, a table at the pre-performance Gala Dinner, and entry to the After-Party. All ticket and table prices include a partially tax-deductible donation.

Reserve online via the link on the upper-right-hand corner of this page or contact the Carnegie Hall Special Events office at 212-903-9679. Please note that exact seating assignments will not be determined until the month of the event. We regret that benefit tickets are nonrefundable and cannot be exchanged.

The net proceeds from this event benefit Dramatic Need and Carnegie Hall, providing critical support to Dramatic Need's mission of helping vulnerable children in Africa, and Carnegie Hall's mission of fostering the future of music through artistic, education, and social impact initiatives.

Gala Tickets

Benefit reservations are now available. See details below.


Performance-Only Tickets
Starting at $150

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Support provided by Blavatnik Family Foundation