Broadway Folk Sell Jewelry, Paintings, Soap and More at Nov. 17 ActorCrafts Fair in NYC

News   Broadway Folk Sell Jewelry, Paintings, Soap and More at Nov. 17 ActorCrafts Fair in NYC
While Broadway remains dark due to the current stagehands strike, some Broadway show folk have been busily crafting in their free time in anticipation of the holiday edition of the ActorCrafts festival on Nov. 17.

Actors and industry professionals from Broadway and national tours of The Color Purple, Avenue Q, Xanadu, Light in the Piazza, Mary Poppins, Rent, Sweeney Todd, Wicked and The Glorious Ones — as well as performers from the Metropolitan Opera, "Sesame Street" and the Disney Channel's "Johnny and the Sprites!" — will take part in the holiday market.

Hand-knitted scarves, blankets, jewelry, sculpture, paintings, photography, doggie tees, clothing, bath salts, soaps, baked goods, furniture, handmade cards, picture frames, handmade dolls and magnets are among the items created by Broadway performers and technicians.

Josef Reiter, a photographer when he's not performing or directing and choreographing, organized the recurring event four years ago; it allows those working within the entertainment industry to hone and sell their "craft" outside of the theatre.

The fair will take place Nov. 17 from 10 AM-6 PM in the gymnasium of the Holy Cross School, located in Manhattan at 332 West 43rd Street. Admission to the holiday ActorCrafts is free, and made possible by a grant from BC/EFA.

"We are also having a free raffle as part of the event," Reiter said of the fall 2007 fair. "It will take place on the hour throughout the day — so people have eight chances to win fabulous crafts that have been donated by the artists." For a list of all crafters presenting their works, visit

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