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    Updated June 11, 2012

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The Bay Area Advisory Committee of Actors Equity Association



A Benefit Staged Reading for the Actor’s Fund

Monday, July 23 - 7:30 PM

Written by: Suzanne Bennett, Jill Campbell, Marya Cohn, Dana Leslie Goldstein, Michele Aldin Kushner, Andrea Lepico

The Cast: Lauren Bloom*, Cassidy Brown*, Teressa Byrne*, Michael Patrick Gaffney*, Kelly Ground*, Brian Herndon*, Nancy Madden*, Jessica Powell*, Ray Renati*, Cathleen Riddley*, Marie Shell*, Susan Soriano*, Dawn L. Troupe*, Valerie Weak*

Directed by Phoebe Moyer

Tech Support: Stephen Pawley*, Bert van Aalsburg*, Milt Commons*

(*Members of Actor’s Equity Association)

Members of The Bay Area Advisory Committee of Actors Equity Association will stage a benefit performance of MIXED RELIEF, a play about women writers of the Works Progress administration (WPA) as part of LaborFest 2012. Presented as a benefit for The Actor’s Fund, a nationwide human services organization for professionals in the performing arts, MIXED RELIEF is directed by Equity Member Phoebe Moyer and contrasts the stories of three women writers of the WPA with those of contemporary theatre artists.

MIXED RELIEF features a cast of women and men, all of whom are members of Actor’s Equity Association, the national Union representing professional Stage Actors and Stage Managers. Scheduled to appear are cast members Lauren Bloom, Cassidy Brown, Teressa Byrne, Michael Patrick Gaffney, Kelly Ground, Brian Herndon, Nancy Madden, Jessica Powell, Ray Renati, Cathleen Riddley, Marie Shell, Susan Soriano, Dawn L. Troupe, and Valerie Weak. MIXED RELIEF will be performed Monday, July 23, 2012 at The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.

MIXED RELIEF gives an insightful look at the writers lives of the WPA (Work Progress Administration) during the Depression. Life stories of writers Anzia Yezierska, Dorothy West and Eudora Welty are juxtaposed with interviews from contemporary women theatre artists, playwrights Kara Lee Corthon, Cassandra Medley, and actor-director Mabou Mimes luminary Ruth Maleczech. Hallie Flanagan and Eleanor Roosevelt, key arts advocates in the 1930’s, make telling appearances.

Celebrating the women of the WPA and featuring members of Actors’ Equity Association in Laborfest, this play is a way not only to remind the public that there was amazing artistic development when the Federal Government made a commitment and investment in arts jobs in the 1930’s and that our Labor Unions are critical in the USA.


NewShoe Theatre Group, NYC, created this play for Support Women Artists Now Day/SWANN Day 2010, a program of Women Arts ( © NewShoe 2010-All Rights Reserved

About Actor’s Equity Association:

Actors' Equity Association ("AEA" or "Equity"), founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 professional Stage Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans, for its members. Actors' Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions.

BAAC- and the BAAC Women’s Sub-Committee would like to thank Laborfest for the opportunity to spotlight a work promoting Actor’s Equity Association and featuring AEA Actors, and the Women of AEA.


WHAT: "Mixed Relief" A Benefit Staged Reading Promoting Actors’ Equity Association and Benefiting The Actor’s Fund.

WHEN: Monday, July 23, 2012 7:30 PM

WHERE: The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA

COST: Free- $5-10 Suggested donation at the door All Proceeds go to "The Actors Fund" & are Tax-Deductable

Contact for Actors' Equity Association: Maria Somma, Spokesperson; 212-869-8530, ext 425 or 917-560-3488;

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