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    Posted August 5, 2010

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An Equity Social in the City of Brotherly Love

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The Philadelphia AEA Liaison Committee hosted an Equity Social at Coco's Restaurant & Bar in Philadelphia on June 22, 1010. The entire evening was a great success. Over 55 attendees included Philadelphia and New York actors and stage managers from the Walnut Street Theater, Wilma Theatre, Arden Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Interact Theatre, Theatre Exile, and many other local companies. A special welcome was extended to Equity Membership Candidates who were thrilled to be invited to a union event.

Mark Jacoby was seen at the bar checking out the Yankees' score as he stroked the beard he needs for his role as Tevye in the Walnut's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Another leading man, Jeff Coon, who had been playing Georges Seurat at the Arden was enjoying refreshments. Stage manager Cheryl Mintz of the McCarter introduced two young colleagues to many luminaries of the Philly theatre community. Matt Steffens who recently joined the cast of PROMISES, PROMISES on Broadway said, "I loved my time in Philly and this social was the perfect cap to my run at the Walnut."

The atmosphere was one of solidarity and happy camaraderie. Attendees were treated to hot hors d'oeuvres and amazing drink specials followed by homemade desserts generously provided by Liaison Committee members Lori Aghazarian, Julie Czarnecki and Chris Sapienza.

The evening was organized by Julie Czarnecki. Other Committee members who facilitated the event were Pat Adams, who served as one of our greeters; Chris Sapienza who was a greeter and photographer, and Tom Helmer and Paul Nolan who offered counsel and support. A big thanks to Equity member Fran Prisco who helped with the planning.

It is believed that the choice of venue and time (post-evening performances) proved to be the perfect way for artists to get together. Given the overwhelming success of this year's event, several Equity members were overheard asking: "How can we top it next time?"

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