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Banned lifted for benefit

Keitel, Garofalo, Reeve, Sarandon among performers

Gotham-based arts advocacy org the Creative Coalition is heading to Broadway’s Town Hall on Nov. 15 for “Seconding the First,” a special performance to benefit the protection of First Amendment rights.

Among those scheduled to perform the evening’s slate of banned readings and music are Harvey Keitel, Janeane Garofalo, Lou Reed, Spalding Gray, Martha Plimpton, Ben Stiller, Julianne Moore, Christopher Reeve, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Hector Elizondo, Stockard Channing, Woody Harrelson, artist Chuck Close, playwright Terrence McNally and Creative Coalition prexy William Baldwin.

“Though this event has been in the works for a year, we couldn’t ask for a more topical time for it to be performed,” org’s exec director Robin Bronk told Daily Variety. “Interest is at its peak, between (recent controversies surrounding) Harry Potter, the Brooklyn exhibit and McNally’s ‘Corpus Christi.’ ”

Upcoming “Seconding the First,” which is being produced by Lisa Birnbach and underwritten by Absolut Vodka, marks the event’s sophomore appearance at Town Hall after premiering there in 1997.

For tickets, call the Creative Coalition at (212) 512-5515 or Ticketmaster at (212) 307-7171.

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