Dramatic Need in collaboration with Carnegie Hall

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

The Children's Monologues

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The US premiere of The Children’s Monologues features an all-star cast performing groundbreaking stories of young children growing up in Africa, adapted for the stage by some of the world's finest playwrights. In addition to this growing list of international talent, students from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute will perform music throughout the performance. All proceeds from this one-night-only presentation go to jointly support Dramatic Need's international outreach programs and Carnegie Hall's artistic and education initiatives.

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

Event Leadership

Benefit Co-Chairs
Blavatnik Family Foundation
Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman, Jr.
Valentino D. Carlotti
Aisha and Gbenga Oyebode
Sana H. Sabbagh 



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. 

Performance-only tickets available starting July 24 for Carnegie Hall subscribers and donors, July 27 for Mastercard holders, and July 31 for the general public.

Gala Tickets

Benefit reservations are now available. See details below.


Performance-Only Tickets
Starting at $150

Subscribers and Members Presale:
Monday, July 24 at 11 AM

Mastercard Presale:
Thursday, July 27 at 11 AM

General Public On Sale:
Monday, July 31 at 11 AM


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Support provided by Blavatnik Family Foundation