Thursday, September 28, 2006

Socially Conscientious Theater

Theater exists for entertainment of course - sometimes educational - sometimes just fun. Socially Conscientious Theater is taking it to another level. It can be that that play or musical itself is trying to make a statement, or it can be an organization making the connection between the theater and a cause. There are so many high profile organizations that are making a difference. I thought I'd profile several of them here:

Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS(BC/EFA) is the nation's leading industry-based, not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant making organization. BC/EFA is the on-going, committed response from the American Theatre community to an urgent worldwide health crisis. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of this community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes across the United States. Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $100 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses. BC/EFA is very active and upcoming events include: Unsung: A Night of Original Songs by New and Established Composers, 18th Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition.

Broadway Barks an organization focused on the plight of homeless animals and enabling communication between the many outreach and rescue organizations in NYC. Broadway Barks was conceived by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler More from their shared passion for animals.

Those are two I could think of off the top of my head - please feel free to add more to the comments!

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