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The Actors Fund
Dear Actors Fund Friends,
As we look to the future, we can't ignore all that has happened
in the past year. There have been moments of deep despair and
unimaginable obstacles that won't magically disappear in 2021,
and The Actors Fund will do everything we can to help those in need
address and overcome these challenges.
But as we continue to help those who come to us for assistance, we
also embrace all that inspires us, and hold on to hope that better
days are coming. We celebrate the continued efforts of everyone who
creates and joins such amazing online fundraisers that benefit our
programs and services, showing the performing arts and entertainment
community that they have an entire network of support. These virtual
productions also bring phenomenal performances to viewers all over the
world, creating a digital audience united in our shared enjoyment of
We hope you enjoy this week's highlights of online events, and
we thank you for helping build a stronger 2021 with The Actors Fund.
Evening of Hope
An Evening of Hope: Offerings for the Future of Theatre
Thursday, January 21, 7 pm ET
Broadway On Demand
This free virtual cabaret and fundraiser for The Actors Fund will
feature a collection of songs, stories and conversations all
responding to the question, "What is your hope for the future of
theatre?" The event will be hosted by Ann Harada and will
feature performances by Kerstin Anderson, Gabi Campo, Lissa deGuzman,
Kendyl Ito, Gizel Jiménez, José Luaces, John-Michael
Lyles, Leslie McDonel, Kate McMillan, JJ Niemann, Jennifer Noble,
Samantha Pollino, Alex Prakken, George Salazar, Shanice Williams and
Kristin Yancy. An Evening of Hope is directed by Lana Russell, music
directed by Sinai Tabak and the stage manager is Giles T. Horne.
Sunday, January 23, 8 pm ET
The Reading Series next play is Rabbit Hole, starring Celia
Keenan-Bolger, Jawan M. Jackson, Lauren Molina, Mary Testa and Andrew
Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want until a
life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the
couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet
search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will
lead them back into the light of day.
Rabbit Hole, written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Alison
Tanney, will be streamed for free with donations welcome to The Actors
The Eyes of the World
The Eyes of the World: From D-Day to VE Day
The Eyes of the World was hoping to come to Carnegie Hall in June
2020; that, unfortunately, was cancelled along with all other live
performances. This very special presentation of footage from its 2015
workshop includes Nick Cordero, who was planning to star in the
production prior to his passing from COVID-19.
"This is not a video we ever wanted to-or thought-we
would make. Nick's loss is still inconceivable, as is the
ever-increasing destruction caused by COVID-19. Nick had a power and
presence that came across every time he set foot on stage, be it on
Broadway, in a cabaret or at Carnegie Hall. That magnetism was just
who Nick was-all 6' 5" of him. But in our
production, it was perhaps because he was so fascinated by the history
of World War II. In it, he played the role of an ordinary American
called upon to do extraordinary things; exactly what he did when he
fought COVID-19 till the very end. We hope this video inspires
ordinary Americans to do an extraordinary thing: pay tribute to
Nick's life and legacy by supporting The Actors Fund."
-John Monsky, Creator and Narrator, American History Unbound
-Kate Rockwell, Actress/Singer
The presentation includes: John Monsky, Nick Cordero, Kate Rockwell,
Tony LePage and Bryonha Marie Parham.
More Online Events:
Stars in the House: Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8 pm ET
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Life on The Stage Q&A: Watch now
Boys in the Band Life on The Stage Q&A: Watch now
to help those in need in performing arts and entertainment.