SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston will donate the entire proceeds of the June 11 evening's performance of Chess to For the Love of Life, an organization that grants wishes to AIDS patients.
The theatre's revival of the Benny Andersson/Bjorn Ulvaeus/Tim Rice musical runs through June 21 at the Lyric Stage at the YWCA in Boston.
After each performance the SpeakEasy Stage Company holds a collection to finance the wish. In this case, the Chess benefit will send two AIDS patients on a 15th anniversary honeymoon.
Over the past year SpeakEasy, a non-profit theatre company, has worked with the For the Love of Life in granting five wishes. Paul Daigneault, SpeakEasy artistic director, said he learned of For the Love of Life in a community magazine and thought it would be a good organization to work with. Daigneault said it would "strengthen [SpeakEasy] to be recognized with one specific organization."
Currently SpeakEasy is non-Equity company, but plans on working with AEA within two years. After getting a union contract, the theatre company plans on continuing producing plays at the YWCA and at Boston Center for the Arts. The theatre company also plans to maintain its relationship with For the Love of Life. For the past six seasons SpeakEasy has performed "Off-Broadway type shows," Daigneault said in a release. The theatre company won the 1996 Boston Theatre Award for Outstanding Production by a Local Fringe Company for their performance of Paul Rudnick's Jeffrey.
Chess will play May 29 - June 21 at the Lyric Stage at the YWCA.
For tickets: (617) 437-7172 or (617) 437-7731.
-- By Honey Freilich