Tickets are on sale now! Join us for our biggest night of the year on March 13th, when we #connectthedots and celebrate all of you – near and far!
Design by Ebenezer Arthur (Opening Act) and Rafael Esquer (Alfalfa Studio/Ampl!fy Project)

Tickets are tax deductible in excess of $70.

To 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 Gabrielle Gilliam.

Can’t make the event? Sponsor an Opening Act student to attend the event – or donate!

Stay tuned for exciting cast news!

Opening Act, an innovative nonprofit that provides free after-school theater programming to New York City’s most under-served public high schools, is thrilled to present its 12th Annual Benefit Play Reading, HEAR ME HERE, on Tuesday, March 13#TAKEACTION and support our celebration of the work we do, the community we do it with, and the students we do it for.


Last year’s Play Reading, starring Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba, Hamilton’s Okieriete Onaodowan, Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho, Hamilton’s Jasmine Cephas Jones, Atlanta’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!), featured 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 amplified the #POWEROFYES.

Check out these star-studded photos and a video from the night!

Photo by Charles Chessler
A NIGHT OF YES! cast members Marcus Denard Johnson, Liz Morgan, Heather Alicia Simms, Tom Pelphrey, and Melle Powers 

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

Want to be involved in our 2018 Benefit? Please contact Gabrielle Gilliam, Director of Development, at or 646-436-0429.