Broadway's MOTHERS AND SONS Parters with 30/30 Project & Construction For Change; Talkback Set for 6/11
The Tony-nominated new Broadway play Mothers and Sons has announced that the production has partnered with the 30/30 Project and Construction for Change. Julie Lewis, 30-year HIV Survivor and mother to Grammy-winner Ryan Lewis, founded the 30/30 Project, which seeks to bring healthcare facilities to communities impacted by HIV/AIDS, as well as offering comprehensive healthcare.
Post-show donation collection, proceeds from Mothers and Sons merchandise, and other items in support of the 30/30 Project will go towards Construction for Change, the organization who will oversee construction management and funding of the new medical facilities.
Following the Wednesday, June 11th evening performance, there will be a post-show "TalkOut" with Julie Lewis and cast members, where they will discuss strides the HIV/AIDS community has made in the last 30 years and strides yet to make.
"Broadway truly is the longest street in the world and with the right collaboration, like ours with Julie Lewis' 30/30 Project, we can all change the world and bring a global end to HIV infections," said Tom Kirdahy, lead producer of Mothers and Sons.
"I want to do something big. The 30/30 Project is that big idea. We believe that healthcare is a human right. We have the knowledge and we have the treatments. Life threatening diseases like HIV/AIDS can be managed. What people need is access," said Julie Lewis.
"We are thrilled that the 30/30 Project has teamed up with the Tony-nominated play Mothers and Sons in support of HIV awareness and education. This vital play keeps the message going strong, and are proud to lend our voices to help this cause," said Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Mothers and Sons marks Mr. McNally's 20th Broadway show, and will be directed by Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall). It stars Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly, Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Frederick Weller, Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert and newcomer Grayson Taylor. Preview performances began on Sunday, February 23, 2014, and the opening night is set for Monday, March 24, 2014. Mothers and Sons is produced on Broadway by Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, Paula Wagner & Debbie Bisno, and Barbara Freitag & Loraine Alterman Boyle.
Mothers and Sons, the new play by 4-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, is a timely and provocative new play that explores our evolving understanding of family in today's world. At turns funny and powerful, Mothers and Sons follows a woman (Daly) who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son's ex-partner (Weller), who is now married to another man (Steggert) and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and discovers a new connection she never expected.
Mothers and Sons had its world premiere production at Bucks County Playhouse (Jed Bernstein, Producing Director) on June 13, 2013. Tyne Daly also starred in that production. Mr. McNally's other works for Broadway include Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; The Full Monty; Ragtime; Master Class; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Kiss of the Spider Woman; The Rink; The Ritz; and Bad Habits.
Photo by Joan Marcus