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This season our playwrights put their voices to the topic of guns violence in five amazing works that view this violence from their own unique perspectives. From a road race, to a card game gone bad, to airport security, this year’s benefit tackles an issue that should be on the forefront of all our minds. The pieces will be followed by a panel discussion with the artist and Leah Gunn Barrett, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, to further this important conversation and find ways to make change happen.
World Premier Plays by Israel Horovitz, Dominique Morisseau, John Patrick Shanley, Regina Taylor as well as an award-winning writer from the Planet Connections community, Penny Jackson will be presented as a benefit for The New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. The directors of the evening will be Steve Broadnax, Glory Kadigan and Planet Connections award winner in directing, Lori Kee. The cast will include J. Bernard Calloway, Lynn Cohen, Craig ‘muMs’ Grant, Ed Jewett, Felix Monge, Postell Pringle, Myra Lucretia Taylor, and Planet Connection award winners Peter Collier and Dominique Fishback amongst other celebrities to be announced. Understudies include Planet Connections Award Nominated and Winning Actors: James Edward Becton, Narada Campbell, Suzette Azariah Gunn, Peter Jenson, James B. Kennedy, James O’Brien, David Stallings, Misti Tindiglia, and Kara Young.
The Honorary Committee for Playwrights for a Cause includes: Yoko Ono, Abigail Disney, Kim Brizzolara, Marco Calvani, Lucy DeVito, Erik Ehn, Angelina Fiordellisi (Artistic Director of Cherry Lane), Halley Feiffer, Catherine Filloux, Neil LaBute, Kelly McAndrew, Shaun Peknic, Michael Puzzo, Donna Vivino and Mia Yoo (Artistic Director of La Mama)
Following the performance will be the after party and announcement of the Planet Connections Festivity Award nominees!
Playwrights for a Cause is the annual benefit hosted by Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. This year the event will benefit the wonderful group – New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. Benefit tickets for reserved seating will be $20 – $125.