Opening Act is thrilled to present its 11th Annual Benefit Play Reading, A Night of YES!, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017!


Even if you can’t attend the Play Reading, you can win 2 house seats to HAMILTON (what?!) – the Broadway, Chicago, OR California productions – as well as an exclusive backstage tour! BUY YOUR $20 RAFFLE TICKET NOW!


Playwrights Katori Hall and Ike Holter


Tickets are tax deductible in excess of $70.

AVAILABLE NOW: reserve one of our limited number of VIP tables for an exclusive pre-show Chef’s Tasting Menu and best seating for the performance! Contact Paul Gutkowski to find out more!

Can’t attend on April 25th? You can Sponsor a Student to attend or DONATE HERE – every contribution makes a big impact!  And don’t forget your HAMILTON raffle tickets!

Coming to the event? Check out some of the amazing silent auction items we have HERE, including Broadway show packages, dream vacations, VIP sports tickets, health and wellness, and more!

ABOUTStarring Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba, Hamilton’s Christopher Jackson, Moana’s Auli’i CravalhoHamilton’s Jasmine Cephas JonesAtlanta’s Zazie Beetz, Iron Fist’s Tom Pelphry, and The Deuce’s Dominique Fishback, and directed for the third year in a row by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, HAIRSPRAY LIVE!), the event features scenes by renowned playwrights Katori Hall and Ike Holter, an original work by the students of Opening Act, as well as special musical performances that remind us of the #POWEROFYES.

Say YES to a powerful, celebratory, and uplifting night to support the remarkable young people of Opening Act!



PAST EVENTSLast year’s Play Reading, also directed by Kenny Leon, featured Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Story with a cast including Aja Naomi King (THE BIRTH OF A NATION, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER), Loretta Devine (WAITING TO EXHALE, GREY’S ANATOMY), Dulé Hill (THE WEST WING, PSYCH), Joshua Jackson (THE AFFAIR, DAWSON’S CREEK), Celia Keenan-Bolger (PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, …SPELLING BEE), and Brittany Adebumola (an Opening Act alum!).

Other past Play Reading actors include Uzo Aduba, Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery, Edie Falco, Anika Noni Rose, Beau Bridges, Bernadette Peters, and Courtney B. Vance, to name a few.

Click here for photos from prior events!  And here for a highlight reel from last year’s event!


The cast of THE STORY: Dulé Hill, Aja Naomi King, Joshua Jackson, Brittany Adebumola, Heather Alicia Simms, Loretta Devine, Nedra McClyde, Assistant Director Sam Godfrey, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Shalita Grant, Director Kenny Leon, and Liz Morgan. photo by Charles Chessler Photography

Want to SAY YES and be involved in our 2017 Benefit? Please contact Paul Gutkowski, Development Director, at or 917-657-8669.