Theater Extras: “SPOTLIGHT ON PLAYS” SERIES (A Broadway’s Best Shows Benefit for The Actors Fund)

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by Tony Frankel on May 4, 2020

in Theater-New York


Broadway’s Best Shows is about to launch the weekly one-night-only “Spotlight On Plays” series beginning this Thursday, May 7, 2020 to benefit The Actors Fund.

These one-night-only events will be livestreamed each subsequent Thursday on The Actors Fund YouTube channel and Broadway’s Best Shows’ YouTube and Facebook channels. These can’t-miss productions will only be available at the designated streaming time and are free to access. Donations to The Actors Fund are encouraged. Additional productions following the three listed below will be announced shortly.

Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 8pm EST / 5pm PST

Starring John Malkovich, Patti LuPone, Dylan Baker,
Ethan Phillips
and Michael Nichols
Written and Directed by David Mamet
Set a few days before the election, November follows the misadventures of a day in the life of U.S. president Charles Smith.

Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 8pm EST / 5pm PST

Significant Other
Reuniting the original Broadway Cast: Gideon Glick, John Behlman, Sas Goldberg,
Rebecca Naomi Jones, Lindsay Mendez, Luke Smith
 and Barbara Barrie
Directed by Trip Cullman
Written by Joshua Harmon
Harmon states the premise behind this dark comedy: “How do you make life work for yourself when you feel that you’re not living the life you’re supposed to be living or want to be living? And how do you deal with that when the changes that you need to make are in some ways outside of your control?” All of Jordan Berman’s best friends are setting a date…and he can’t even get one. Now when he needs brunch plans, emergency dating advice, or just someone to commiserate and eat carbs with, he has to compete for attention with their new significant others. Of course he’s so happy for them, but Jordan is struggling to keep up with how fast everyone else is changing.

Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 8pm EST / 5pm PST

Love Letters
Starring Bryan Cranston and Sally Field
Directed by Jerry Zaks
Written by A.R. Gurney
Love Letters is a funny and emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. Andrew Makepeace Ladd III wrote his first letter to Melissa Gardner to tell her she looked like a lost princess. They were both seven years old. For the next fifty years, through personal triumphs and despair, through wars and marriages and children and careers, they poured out the secrets of their hearts to each other.

Spotlight On Plays
presented by Broadway’s Best Shows
for complete details visit Broadway’s Best Shows

Since March 18th, 2020, The Actors Fund has provided more than $8.2 million in emergency financial assistance to 6,939 people who work in performing arts and entertainment. With shutdowns on Broadway and in film and television, theater, concerts, dance, music and many other areas of entertainment, the need is great and growing. This emergency financial assistance is helping our most vulnerable and those in financial crisis with assistance for basic living expenses such as essential medications, to help prevent evictions, and to pay for food or utilities.

As the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, The Actors Fund has transitioned to online and phone-based services, which remain available for everyone in the performing arts and entertainment community.


Carol Rosensteel May 27, 2020 at 7:59 am

Is there a play scheduled for this week?

Tony Frankel May 29, 2020 at 7:35 pm

That is it for now, Carol. Check the link at the bottom of the article to keep up to date.

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