The 8 PM performance at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater, 416 W. 42nd Street, "will help raise critical funds for people waiting for services from the International Institute of New Jersey's Survivors of Torture Program." The evening will begin at 7 PM with a reception and silent auction held in the theatre lobby.
The "evening of music and celebration to honor the journeys of refugees moving from hardship to hope" will be hosted by Obie Award winner Martin Moran (The Tricky Part, Titanic, Bells Are Ringing) and will feature some of New York's most renowned performers. Expect Tony Award winner Faith Prince (A Catered Affair, Guys and Dolls), actor-comedian Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with Me), Tony nominee Mary Testa (Xanadu), Tony nominee Alison Fraser (Gypsy), Tony nominee Malcolm Gets (The Story of My Life), poet Marie Howe (The Good Thief), Tony nominee Judy Kuhn (Les Miserables), Tony nominee Terrence Mann (The Rocky Horror Show), opera star Lauren Flanigan (NYCO's Antony and Cleopatra), Theresa McCarthy (Floyd Collins), Tony nominee Jonathan Freeman (The Little Mermaid), and performance artist Sara Kahn. The evening will feature musical direction by David Brunetti.
"These stars will offer an evening of uplifting and soul-stirring performances that celebrate the achievements and the inspiring lives of torture survivors who have fled such places as Darfur, Chad, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Liberia," according to organizers.
Items for sale via the silent auction include an etching by artist Mark Tansey, an autographed photo of New York Giant Mathias Kiwanuka, a golf package at Westchester County's Hudson Hills Golf Course, an authentic Indian Rajasthani patchwork wall hanging, as well as other items to be announced.
To preview the silent auction lot items, please visit: http://www.iinj.org/events_upcoming.html. Tickets are on sale now for the event at www.IINJ.org, by calling (201) 653-3888 ext. 129. General tickets are $150 per person ($125 is tax deductible) or Premium tickets at $300 per person ($275 is tax deductible) and includes premium seating, a poster autographed by the performers, and a special gift.
Additional performers will be announced in the coming days leading up to the event.
Since 1918, the International Institute of New Jersey (the Institute) has been the gateway of resettlement for hundreds of thousands of immigrants arriving in America, first as a YWCA program and as an independent non-profit organization after 1938. While the complexions, accents, and native languages may differ from their predecessors, today's newcomers face challenges that are as compelling as ever.