By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated February 11, 2002 09:40 AM

Sarah Jessica Parker didn’t stay home Sunday to catch the season finale of “Sex and the City,” reports PEOPLE. Instead, she and hubby Matthew Broderick attended the New York Stage and Film benefit honoring “The Substance of Fire” playwright and screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz, 40, at Manhattan’s Pier 60. The two arrived arm in arm to the swanky gala, which also drew the likes of Taye Diggs, Julie Bowen, Jana Marie Hupp, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ana Gasteyer, Dana Delany, Peter Gallagher, Rob Morrow and Bill Pullman. Gallagher, 46, came to the event fresh from his matinee performance of the Broadway farce “Noises Off.” “The curtain came down at about 5:15,” he said. “I raced uptown, put on a suit and came up here. It’s all about showing up.” Pullman, soon to be appearing in Edward Albee’s “The Goat” on Broadway, was also glad to be at the event: “I’m looking forward to catching up with some old friends.” “Ed” costars Bowen and Hupp joked about being slightly daunted by the stage actors who surrounded them. “We feel greatly intimidated being here,” remarked Hupp with a chuckle. “We feel like we need to get off television and do some serious theater immediately,” Bowen, 31, added. Still, no one claimed to be as intimated as the evening’s honoree himself. Baitz, whose upcoming film “People I Know” stars Al Pacino and Kim Basinger, told PEOPLE: “I feel like a grownup having a Bar Mitzvah while naked.”