Since its launch 40 years ago, the Fortune Society has been developing model programs that help former prisoners successfully re-enter their communities. The Castle serves as the Fortune Society's resident program for 60 men and women, all of whom have formerly been incarcerated.
Ebersole and Stritch will take to the Castle stage at 4 PM for a performance of their extensive concert and cabaret repertoire. The 100-seat community room at the Castle will serve as the performance space for the Cabaret at the Castle series. Ebersole, who now serves on the advisory board of the Fortune Society, previously led a workshop for the organization in August.
Inspired by the 1967 Off-Broadway prison drama Fortune in Men's Eyes, the Fortune Society was founded by former theatre publicist David Rothenberg. The Fortune Society offers a holistic and integrated "one-stop-shopping" model of service provision. Among the services offered are supportive housing, career development, job retention, substance abuse treatment, alternatives to incarceration, HIV/AIDS services, education, family services and drop-in services as well as ongoing access to aftercare.
Ebersole is a two-time Tony Award winner for her roles in 42nd Street and Grey Gardens, for which she also received the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. A Tony nominee for Dinner at Eight, Ebersole's Broadway credits also include Steel Magnolias, The Best Man, Getting Away with Murder, Harrigan 'n Hart, Camelot, Oklahoma!, On the Twentieth Century, I Love My Wife and Angel Street. Her screen credits include "Saturday Night Live," "Amadeus," "Gypsy" and "Will and Grace." This February, the celebrated actress is scheduled to star as Margo Channing in the City Center Encores! production of Applause.
The Castle is located at 630 Riverside Drive (at 140th Street) in Manhattan. Tickets, priced $35, are available by calling (212) 255-4834.