Alan Cumming and Billy Porter Will Be Part of Veritas Fundraising Event

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Alan Cumming, Billy Porter, Brian Ellner, David Raleigh and Rick Bahl will co-host an upcoming evening to benefit the 2010 FringeNYC production of Stan Richardson's Veritas.

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The Aug. 6 at 9 PM fundraiser will be held in a West Village apartment. Tickets for the evening are priced $100 (two VIP seats to Veritas and an open bar at the party), $30 (the party and open bar) and $20 (for young professionals). There will also be an auction for tickets to shows and other items. Reserve tickets by e-mailing info@veritastheplay.com. For more information visit www.veritastheplay.com/tickets/party-for-veritas.

Directed by Ryan J. Davis, performances of Veritas will begin Aug. 20 at HERE Arts Center Mainstage Theater. The cast will include Justin Blanchard, Paul Downs Colaizzo, Mitch Dean, Morgan Karr, Doug Kreeger, Eric Nelsen, Matt Steiner, Jesse Swenson, Sam Underwood and Joseph Yeargain.

Inspired by true events, Veritas, according to press notes, is "the story of a group of young men at Harvard in 1920 whose promising futures fell prey to Harvard's 'Secret Court': a gay witch-hunt conducted by school administration to purge Harvard of all homosexuality."

The production will feature costumes by Matthew Pachtman, lighting by Brian Tovar and music composed by Rachel Peters. Nathan Vernon is the associate producer.

Playwright Stan Richardson is also the author of The Tale of the Good Whistleblower of Chaillot's Caucasian Mother and Her Other Children of a Lesser Marriage Chalk Circle (with composer Rachel Peters), The Children (with composer Hal Goldberg), wHormone and All the World’s Problems. Performances are scheduled for Aug. 20 at 7 PM, Aug. 22 at 8 PM, Aug. 24 at 4:15 PM, Aug. 27 at 5:15 PM and Aug. 28 at 8 PM.

HERE Arts Center Mainstage Theater is located at 145 6th Avenue (enter on Dominick, one block south of Spring). Tickets are $15 (bought at least 24 hours in advance) and $18 cash only at the show; visit www.FringeNYC.org or call (866) 468-7619. For more information visit www.VeritasThePlay.com.

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