Today, LBBC is featuring a special blog written by Mary Davis, Director of Outreach for Cause Célèbre, a theatre company that premiered to great success on Sunday, December 9, 2007 at The Players in New York City. Created by Food For Thought’s Founding Artistic Director, Susan Charlotte, Cause Célèbre is devoted to fostering an enhanced understanding of psychological, physical and social issues with a play related to a particular cause presented by some of the world’s finest actors.
As Director of Outreach for Cause Célèbre, one of my jobs is to find charities that somehow relate to the show we are producing that we can partner with and honor at our performances. Last season, Cause Célèbre produced a show called The Shoemaker, starring Academy Award nominated actor and singer, Danny Aiello. The Shoemaker takes place on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 and tells the story of an Italian-American of Jewish heritage who immigrated to the United States after escaping the atrocities of the Holocaust during World War II. But, it is more importantly an homage dedicated to the spirit of anyone who has found the strength – from within and from the support of those around them – to overcome adversity. It is a story of survival.
I knew that I wanted to include an organization that worked with women affected by breast cancer as one of the charities to acknowledge during The Shoemaker’s run. My initial search criteria for a charity (besides relevance, of course) was that it be highly-rated by Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator that provides free financial evaluations of America’s nonprofit organizations. Living Beyond Breast Cancer was approached after we learned that for six years (as of 2011, and most recently again for 2012) they had been awarded Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars – indicating that they are in the top 5% of nonprofits for both fiscal responsibility and transparency. I didn’t feel it appropriate to urge our audiences to donate money to a charity who did not exemplify the highest commitment to the constituency they serve. Eighty-four cents of every dollar LBBC raises goes toward educational programs and support services for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, empowering them to live as long as possible with the best quality of life regardless if it is measured in days or weeks or years. LBBC helps women survive.
The staff at LBBC with whom I have the pleasure of working with were helpful, enthusiastic, creative and responsive. So when this season’s production of She’s of a Certain Age, (which is related to women’s health issues) was announced, a continued partnership with LBBC was the logical choice. Written by Susan Charlotte and directed by Antony Marsellis, She’s of A Certain Age is a play for men and women of all ages. The production, presented in three one acts, and stars Drena De Niro, Lois Markle, Robert Newman and Rosemary Prinz. On Saturday, April 28, we will acknowledge and honor the work being done at LBBC for women everywhere with a special performance and we invite you to join us. Event details, including ticket prices, dinner and parking specials can be found online at Cause Célèbre or by calling (646) 366-9340. Before and after the show, LBBC representatives will be providing free materials and answering questions from performance attendees who are or may know someone who is affected by breast cancer. All of us hope that you will consider joining us.On behalf of all of us at Cause Célèbre, I would like to thank LBBC for the work they do and to all of you reading this for your support of this amazing organization.
Previews for She’s of A Certain Age begin on April 26, 2012. Opening night is May 20, 2012 with daily performances (excluding Mondays) through June 10.