Photo Coverage: 'Love Letters' Concert with Peters & Dossett

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Broadway legend Bernadette Peters and John Dossett performed in a one-night reading of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters to benefit Opening Act, an innovative nonprofit that provides free after-school theater programming to New York City's most under-served public high schools.

The reading took place on Monday, September 24 (7PM reception, 8PM performance) at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street in Manhattan).

Michael Mastro (Broadway's 12 Angry Men, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Kissing Jessica Stein) directed Gurney's "poignantly funny play about the relationship of Andrew Makepeace Ladd and Melissa Gardner. Told entirely through a series of letters, the play traces Andrew and Melissa's relationship from childhood to adolescence to middle age in a moving portrait of a bittersweet friendship," describe press notes.

Love Letters was Opening Act's third annual benefit reading. Opening Act is a unique nonprofit that brings free, long-term, quality theater programming to New York City schools that wouldn't otherwise have a stage of their own.  Its after-school programs in seven of NYC's most under-served public high schools give students the opportunity to explore their creativity through improvisation, acting and playwriting - and let students shine in productions they write and perform themselves.  Proceeds of the evening go directly to support the programs in Clara Barton, Cobble Hill, Franklin K. Lane, Graphic Communication Arts, Tilden, Samuel Gompers and Walton High Schools.  Please visit www.OpeningActNewYork.org to read more about Opening Act's programs and talented teens.

Photos by Ben Strothmann


John Dossett and Bernadette Peters


John Dossett and Bernadette Peters


John Dossett and Bernadette Peters


John Dossett and Bernadette Peters


John Dossett and Bernadette Peters


Opening Act kids: Amanda Mewa, Neilia McKenzie, Ellio Martinez, Christine Beaubrun, Linette Alvarez and AJ Ortiz


Opening Act kids: Amanda Mewa, Neilia McKenzie, Ellio Martinez, Christine Beaubrun, Linette Alvarez and AJ Ortiz


John Dossett and Bernadette Peters


John Dossett and Bernadette Peters


John Dossett and Bernadette Peters


front: Suzy Myers (Creative and Artistic Director of Opening Act), Christine Beaubrun, Bernadette Peters, Neilia McKenzie, Amanda Mewa; back: AJ Ortiz, Michael Mastro, John Dossett, Linette Alvarez and Ellio Martinez


Michael Mastro, John Dossett, Bernadette Peters and Andrew McCarthy


Michael Mastro, Michele Pawk, John Dossett, Bernadette Peters and Andrew McCarthy


Bernadette Peters


John Dossett


Michael Mastro, Bernadette Peters and John Dossett


John Dossett and Michele Pawk


Bernadette Peters signs autographs for Opening Act students


Bernadette Peters and AJ Ortiz of Opening Act

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.


 
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