Over the past 3 weeks, The Actors Fund has distributed $2,883,652 to 2,343 people, which is over the amount they normally distribute in a year. This emergency financial assistance is helping those in financial crisis with assistance for basic living expenses, such as essential medications to help prevent infections, paying for food, or utilities, and other needs.
The American Theatre Wing has redirected funds from this year’s Obie Awards to launch a grant initiative for Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway artists affected by COVID-19. The Wing, has created a $250,000 fund that will award $500 grants to the artists who were part of 90 Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions that would have been eligible for the Obie Awards. The ceremony itself, which was scheduled for May 18 at Terminal 5 in New York, will be moved online to a date to be determined.
In addition to the $250,000 grant, the Wing will also be making immediate gifts of $1,000 to all 82 regional theaters that previously received its National Theatre Company Grants, awarded annually by the Wing to innovative theater companies.
THE CARES ACT AND UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE: WHAT ARTISTS AND FREELANCERS NEED TO KNOWFri, April 10, 2020, 1 – 2 PMOnline Webinar REGISTER HERE!
In this time of financial upheaval, many freelancers, gig workers, and independent contracts are now able to file for unemployment insurance, when they have never been able to do so before.
Join us this Friday to get a better understanding of the new CARES Act and the benefits that may be available to you, along with information about where to find further guidance.
This program will be held as a free online webinar. Please make sure to register ahead of time in order to get access to the class.
The Magis Theatre Company will present Thornton Wilder’s The Alcestiad – A play in three acts with a satyr play: The Drunken Sisters, directed by George Drance. The play will run June 20-28, 2020, at Roosevelt Island’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made a $6 million donation that will help support motion picture employees and their families facing severe financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The donation will also provide aid to institutions focused on supporting diverse filmmakers. AMPAS made the announcement Friday.
The Academy said $4 million of the donation will be distributed equally between The Actors Fund, which supports behind-the-scenes workers as well as performers, and the Motion Picture & Television Fund. The Academy will contribute an additional $2 million to the already-established Academy Foundation to support its grants program.
WVF long-time partner, the City Bar Justice Center’s NELP, just launched the COVID-19 Remote Small Business Legal Clinics to help you navigate broad legal issues resulting from the pandemic. These pro bono consultations will provide advice on your particular business issue such as:
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FreePalestine Protesters Tried To Ruin Thanksgiving and Black Friday, What’s Next?
Today innocents were freed for terrorists. On Thanksgiving over 30 protestors halted the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade along Sixth Avenue, glueing themselves to the route. Several protestors were taken into custody, but with our DA Alvin Braggs, how long will that last?
On The New England Native American float one performer held out a Palestinian flag. How was that Native American?
Loud boos for both incidents rang out from the crowd, as the white jumpsuit-clad protestors poured fake blood over themselves and held up the parade for thousands.
As I was trying to get to Thanksgiving dinner, Anti-Israel protesters flocked to the New York Times building after the parade and if you were coming from Port Authority or any subway near there, your life was thrown into chaos. It took me over an hour to get from Port Authority to 55th and 6th.
The FreePalestine protesters also redecorated the Stephen Schwarzman building of the NY Public Library with pro-Palestine art & fake blood as well.
To make matters worse Anti-Israel protesters targeted Macy’s on Black Friday after disrupting the store’s iconic Thanksgiving Day parade screaming “Why are you shopping? Bombs are dropping!” They also stopped the traffic on 34th street and 6th avenue in Manhattan with a massive Palestinian flag, causing traffic delays.
They also went after the PUMA flagship store as they sponsor the Israel’s football association.
These protestors are hijacking NYC, time and time again. They are hijacking tax payer dollars for their protests? Why aren’t we doing something to stop this and getting mad as hell over this? WHY?
Count Down To Thanksgiving: Watching The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon’s Come To Life
On the day before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade visitors can get a behind-the-scenes glimpse as the balloons get inflated.
The balloons start to come to life starting at 12 p.m. Wednesday and expect crowds. The best time to really see the balloon is later but the crowds are less the earlier you arrive. One you enter at 72nd and Columbus, you will head to West 77th and Columbus, move along Columbus, around the Natural History Museum and end up on Central Park West and West 81st Street.
Admission to the balloon area is free and stops at 6p.m.
Public transportation is the best way to get to the inflation area as they’re restriction on parking and taxi access.
If you have never done this, it is treat for both young and old.
My View: Who Knew Broadway and 42nd Street Ran All The Way to Boca/Delray…The Wick Theatre
Who knew 42nd Street and Broadway ran all the way down to Boca/Delray and end at The Wick Theatre and Museum Club! In an event yesterday afternoon that rivaled any Broadway Opening Night Party, Marilynn & Kimberly Wick celebrated the opening of The Wick’s 2023/2024 season with a spectacular immersive exhibition of “Dancing Feet” The Experience, 42nd Street. They also had in attendance none other than the star of the original Tony Award Winning Broadway show (42nd Street) Lee Roy Reams on the Museum Club’s Stage to add commentary, sing, and have a fun filled talk back with the audience. Lee Roy, who starred as Billy Lawlor in the 1980 production, shared many anecdotes about the musical during the video presentation, including insights about renowned choreographer Gower Champion and his untimely death on the day of the show’s Broadway opening. The legendary show went on to win the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Choreography. While Reams continued his illustrious career in musical theatre, starring in numerous Broadway shows including The Producers and La Cage Aux Folles, and at The Wick, he created a sensation with his role as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!
“The Wick is breaking new ground in both entertainment and technology by creating these immersive experiences that both entertain and educate audiences about the history of Broadway,” said Kimberly Wick, curator. “As the owners of the largest Broadway costume collection in the nation, we are thrilled to add this innovation as another way to preserve the incredible artistry of our past for generations to come.”
Last year, The Wick Costume Museum underwent a dramatic high-tech transformation, resulting in a stunning new venue, rechristened The Museum Club at The Wick. The completely renovated space thrilled guests with 360-degree immersive video experiences, historic costume displays, dining, and entertainment.
7 Autistic Performers Are About To Win The Heart of Broadway As They Break The Norm in How To Dance In Ohio
Broadway broke new ground last night as seven openly autistic actors took to the stage to play seven autistic characters and they were fantastic.
Also the book and lyrics by Rebekah Greer Melocik music by Jacob Yandura
choreography by Mayte Natalio and direction by Sammi Cannold are also all making their Broadway debuts and seriously are about to show Broadway veterans how its done. I know the season is early, but I expect this show to swept the Tonys.
The new musical I am talking about is How to Dance in Ohio, inspired by Alexandra Shiva’s Peabody Award-winning documentary of the same name. It begans previews on Broadway tonight and will officially open at the Belasco Theatre on December 10, 2023.
I have never seen an audience so in tune with a show the moment it started. They were there for the cast and the cast gave back in spades.
How to Dance in Ohio is a heartfelt new musical about the desire to connect and the courage it takes to put yourself out into the world. At a group counseling center in Columbus, Ohio, seven autistic young adults prepare for a spring formal dance—a challenge that breaks open their routines as they experience love, stress, excitement, and independence. How to Dance in Ohio is a story about people on the cusp of the next phase of their lives, facing down hopes and fears, ready to take a momentous first step…and dance. And we could all use the lessons this show tells us with soul.
200,000 Protesters In Washington DC Speak Out…… Where is NYC?
Today, White House National Security Spokesman John Kirby stated Hamas and Islamic Jihad DID hide under hospitals in Gaza, backing up Israeli claims. They used hospitals in the Gaza Strip, including Al Shifa, which had tunnels underneath them, to conceal and to support their military operations and to hold hostages.
Before the Holocaust, people were in denial of what was happening, preferring to bury their heads about the ugly truth that almost wiped out a race.
The Hamas attacks of October 7 left over 1,000 Israelis dead and 240 abducted many of them young people who have yet to have had a start in life. It was uncalled for and an act of war.
In NYC thousands of pro-Palestinan protesters have upset Manhattan traffic in Grand Central, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, marched at campuses and through Midtown, Bryant Park, lobby of The New York Times, Eighth Avenue, Lower Manhattan, City Hall and across the Manhattan Bridge to Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn and it was allowed. Where were the New Yorkers protesting that people are being killed senselessly? It took Washington DC to carry out that act.
Why protest in Washington DC? They are trying to get their loved ones back, as a New York Broadway producer brought his own scissors to take a poster of a missing and kidnapped child off a pole.
‘The over 200,000 loud crowd shouted “bring them back, bring them back”.
Brooklyn resident Alana Zeitchik, has six relatives being held hostage in Gaza after being taken from a kibuttz “My family is being held hostage by terrorists. For too many in the west, the suffering of families like mine has become a footnote – collateral damage in service of some perceived higher universal truth. To demand the release of the hostages is not an act of war, it is an act of love and a cry for humanity.”
Rachel Goldberg, son Hersh who is one of the hostages, also took the stage. This wounded civilian was an American-Israeli kidnapped from the music festival on October 7.
At least 240 human beings have been stolen and buried alive.
Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer stated “never ever will we forget the evil of Hamas. We will not rest until we get all the assistance you need.” What about stopping the Pro Palestines in NYC?
Speaker of the House Mike Johnson stated “Hamas wants to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, so let me be clear we will not let that happen.”
Yeshiva University in New York cancelled classes and 2,500 students were expected to attend.
More than 250 New Yorkers traveled in five buses to the capital for a day trip to attend the rally.
Jewish students from Queens College in New York and the University of Maryland traveled to DC to attend.
Anti-Semitism is on the rise and we need to speak up. Hate should NEVER be acceptable.
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