A public celebration to honor Gore Vidal was held earlier today at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, current home to the Tony-nominated revival of the legendary writer's play "The Best Man."
My pal Kevin Sessums attended and wrote a nice rundown of the event on his Facebook wall, which I thought you might enjoy reading, so have decided to share.
Dick Cavett served as the day's host and kept the program moving right along. He interspersed others' reminiscences with his own about the four Vidal appearances on his old talk show.
Elaine May led off the speakers. "When I was asked to speak I assumed I would be the only speaker," she began. "So I had a lot to say. But now my time has been cut back to two minutes. The first time I ever met Gore was under the most scandalous and shocking of circumstances but I don't have time to tell you about that now."
Jefferson Mays and Susan Sarandon were next up to do a reading from Act II, Scene 2 of Vidal's play "Romulus." Sarandon stayed at the podium afterward to say that Gore had once given her the best piece of parenting advice she'd ever gotten. "I had just had my first child and was panicked that I would not be a good enough mother. Gore said, 'Susan it's a given that you are going to give this child a lot of neuroses. That's what parents do to their children. Just make sure they are productive neuroses."
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