The 7:30 PM performance at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre benefits the Fund, which helps performing arts professionals "in need, crisis or transition" and famously operates The Actors Fund Home for retired performers in Englewood, NJ. Benefits are usually scheduled on nights when other shows are dark so performers from those shows can attend.
The new play began performances Sept. 10, 2014, prior to an official opening Oct. 5. Click here to read the reviews.
Juilliard graduate Alex Sharp makes his Broadway debut as Christopher John Francis Boone, a socially awkward, mathematical savant who is written as though he fits somewhere on the autism spectrum. Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott directs.
The cast also includes Ian Barford (August: Osage County) as Ed, Tony nominee Helen Carey (London Assurance) as Mrs. Alexander, Francesca Faridany (The 39 Steps) as Siobhan and Enid Graham (The Constant Wife) as Judy.
Rounding out the ensemble are Jocelyn Bioh (An Octoroon at Soho Rep), Keren Dukes ("Nurse Jackie"), Stephanie Roth Haberle (Artist Descending a Staircase), Mercedes Herrero (The Laramie Project), Richard Hollis (Hit-Lit at Queens Theatre), Ben Horner (War Horse), David Manis (War Horse), Tom Patrick Stephens (The New York Idea) and Timothy Wright (The Bridges of Madison County). Taylor Trensch (Matilda the Musical) plays Christopher at certain performances. "Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life," according to press notes. "When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever."
Actors Fund Special Performances, according to the fund-raising organization, "have been thrilling audiences for more than 80 years with an electric energy unlike any other night of theatre! What makes a Special Performance so 'special'? Each year, Broadway companies, in New York and on the road, generously give their time and talent by adding a performance to already rigorous schedules to benefit The Actors Fund."
For tickets call (212) 221-7300, ext. 133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ethel Barrymore Theatre is located at 243 West 47th Street.