On June 23rd, my theatre company Believe Theatrical hosted the 2nd annual fundraiser for the Hemophilia Association of New York (HANY)'s Patient Services fund. As principal producer of this event, I decided to bite off a considerable amount this year by selecting acclaimed playwright John Cariani's Love/Sick to be the subject of our staged reading and doing the piece with a cast of 20! (Click here to read an article on how the evening came to be!)
Casting and coordinating with a group that size (not to mention the fantastic director Jim Fagan) is difficult enough, but when you have such busy, talented artists such as Tony-nominee Elizabeth A. Davis, RENT and If/Then The Musical's Anthony Rapp, "The Following's" Sam Underwood & Valorie Curry, and Rocky on Broadway's Jennifer Mudge, schedules are all the trickier to align. (Click here to see Playbill.com's Press Release about the event!)
As if hearing a staged performance of a fantastic play, with an other-worldly cast, orchestrated by an outstanding director, in front of a 120 vociferous audience members isn't reason enough to celebrate, HANY's Executive Director Linda Mugford capped the night off by making a beautiful announcement.
HANY will be using a portion of the proceeds from Monday night to setup a scholarship fund benefitting teens affected by hemophilia who wish to pursue creative or media arts in higher education, and the scholarship will be named after my late brother Adam Lynch - himself, a writer.
It was an emotional announcement, and though Linda mentioned something about it to be a couple of days prior, I found myself immediately moved to tears. Fortunately for this new scholarship and its future recipients, is also moved many of our audience (and cast!) immediately to the donation box.
My family and I are honored that HANY is remembering Adam in this beautiful way. I look forward to working with Linda on the details of the scholarship, and the plan to grow the fund year-after-year.
To learn more about the Hemophilia Association of New York or to make a donation to HANY, you can click here to visit their website. I'll be sharing more information about the scholarship as it become available.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make Monday night special - from the staff at Playwrights' Horizons, my producing partners at Believe Theatrical, the staff of HANY, our generous volunteers, our wonderful audience, our fantastic cast, our superb director and playwright, and our active bleeding disorders community. I already can't wait for next year!