Cause Celebre Honors Non Profits During THE PRETTY TRAP & THE SHOEMAKER


Cause Celebrè (Susan Charlotte, Founding Artistic Director) in association with Mary J. Davis is proud to celebrate a collection of worthy non-profits throughout the run of The Shoemaker and The Pretty Trap this summer, beginning July 14 through July 24 at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre. Tickets to each show are $66.25 and can be purchased at or by calling (212) 239-6200.

Cause Célèbre, premiered on Sunday, December 9, 2007 at The Players Club and was created by Food For Thought's Founding Artistic Director, Susan Charlotte. Cause Célèbre is devoted to fostering an enhanced understanding of psychological, physical and social issues. Play(s) related to a particular cause will be presented by our finest actors. Proceeds will go to a foundation connected to the cause.

The non-profits to be honored include: Alzheimer's Foundation of America, The Blue Card, The Compassionate Friends, First Candle, Global Survivors Network, United Hospice of Rockland, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, City Harvest, Hour Children, more to come...

The Shoemaker is written by Susan Charlotte, directed by Antony Marsellis and will star Danny Aiello, Alma Cuervo and Lucy DeVito. Set in New York's Hell's Kitchen, The Shoemaker is a compelling drama that focuses on a shoemaker, an Italian Jew, on a devastating day that has become a turning point in American history. As each hour passes he confronts yet another part of his past, present and an uncertain future.

Tennessee Williams' one-act version of The Glass Menagerie entitled The Pretty Trap will star Ms. Katharine Houghton and Mr. Robert Eli and will be directed by Antony Marsellis. Houghton portrays Amanda - a role famously played by her aunt Katharine Hepburn - a mother awaiting the arrival of her daughter's gentleman caller. This production of The Pretty Trap, directed by Antony Marsellis, marks the New York Premiere of this one-act version of the "Glass Menagerie." Cause Celebrè presented the very first public reading of this long buriEd Williams' piece starring Kathleen Turner.

United Hospice of Rockland 7/15 at 8PM
United Hospice of Rockland, Inc. provides care, hope, comfort and improved quality of life to individuals and their families facing serious illness. We offer compassionate support to members of our community who have experienced the loss of a loved one. We lead the health and human services community in improving the provision of care to those affected by serious illness. United Hospice of Rockland (11 Stokum Lane, New City, New York 10956) 845-634-4974 Phone

Living Beyond Breast Cancer 7/16 at 8PM
Living Beyond Breast Cancer is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. Programs and services include conferences, teleconferences, the Survivors' Helpline (888.753.5222),, newsletters, recordings, publications, networking programs and a library. Contact them at (610) 645-4567 or at

The Lustgarten Foundation 7/20 at 8PM
The Lustgarten Foundation is America's largest private foundation dedicated solely to funding pancreatic cancer research. Based in Bethpage, New York, the Foundation supports research to find a cure for pancreatic cancer, facilitates dialogue within the medical and scientific community, and educates the public about the disease. The Foundation has provided millions of research dollars and assembled the best scientific minds with the hope that one day, a cure can be found. And 100% of every dollar donated to the Foundation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research. For more information, please visit

Alzheimer's Foundation of America 7/22 at 8PM
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is a leading New York-based advocacy organization that unites 1,600+ member organizations nationwide and provides education, counseling by licensed social workers, grants to community organizations and families, a free caregiver magazine and various other services to improve quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and their families. For more information, visit or call (toll free) 866-232-8484.

Special Cause Célèbre Opening Night Celebration at The Shoemaker 7/ 24 at 7PM
Honoring Sandy Aiello, Andrew Brozman, Michael Reinert, Nick Springer, Seymour R. Weissberg

Henry & Me
"Henry & Me" is an animated feature inspired by the literary works of Ray Negron. The film follows an 11 year-old boy ("Jack") who is stricken with cancer. While going through a bone marrow transplant, Jack gets met by Henry who takes him on a magical journey to meet famous Yankees, past and present. Babe Ruth, Thurman Munson, Lefty Gomez, Mickey Mantle and others teach Jack life lessons on how to compete and not give up. The film stars Richard Gere, Chazz Palminteri, Danny Aiello, Paul Simon, and Cyndi Lauper, and features the voices of Hank Steinbrenner, Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Curtis Granderson, and Mark Teixiera, among many others.

HeartShare Human Services 7/28 at 8PM
HeartShare Human Services, founded in 1914, is a comprehensive human services agency whose nonsectarian programs assist, in a dignified and respectful manner, over 25,000 at-risk New York children, adults and families. Its programs include placing children in loving homes through foster care and/or adoption; helping families in crisis overcome difficulties so they remain united; keeping youngsters engaged through after school and weekend programs; teaching emancipated teenagers how to succeed on their own; providing housing and coordinated services for those affected by HIV/AIDS and providing a continuum of educational, training and vocational, therapeutic and residential services, including the Frances Aiello Day Habilitation Program, for those diagnosed with developmental disabilities, including autism, ranging in age from pre-school to octogenarians. For more information visit

First Candle 7/30 at 8PM
First Candle is among the preeminent organizations focusing on reducing the rate of SIDS, stillbirth and unsafe sleep practices nationwide. With programs of research, education, advocacy, and support, we are working toward a future where all babies are provided the best possible chance to reach not only their first birthday, but many happy birthdays beyond. or call 800-221-7437

The Blue Card 8/4 at 8PM
Established in 1934 in Nazi Germany and reestablished in 1939 in the United States, the sole mission of The Blue Card is to provide financial assistance to needy and impoverished Holocaust survivors living below the federal poverty line. The Blue Card provides assistance through eight different programs: Emergency Cash Assistance, Stipend Program, Emergency Response Program, Jewish Holiday Program, Summer Vacation Program, Mazel Tov Birthday Program, Vitamin Program, Bring a Smile Program.; 212-239-2251

Global Survivors Network 8/5 at 8PM
Global Survivors Network (GSN) is a collaboration of victims of terror across the globe working to prevent future acts of terror. We aim,through public events, our online community, and documentary film, to show the world, and especially those who may be sympathetic to terrorists' grievances, that violence is not an acceptable answer and can only cause pain and suffering, most often to people just like them. Please visit or reach us at

City Harvest 8/10 at 8PM
City Harvest is the world's first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding New York City's hungry men, women, and children through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions. The contact number is (917) 351-8700.
The Compassionate Friends 8/13 at 8PM
The Compassionate Friends is a national self-help organization with a mission to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. With more than 625 chapters in the United States, including Washington DC and Puerto Rico, The Compassionate Friends offers friendship, understanding, and hope during the long grief journey ahead after a child dies. For more information visit or call 212-217-9647.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness 8/17 at 8PM
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, Inc. (NAMI-NYC Metro) is a grassroots organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for families and individuals of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who live with mental illness. As the largest affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, we work collaboratively with our state and national affiliates, and with other stakeholders in the community to educate the public, advocate for legislation, reduce stigma, and improve the mental health system. All programs and services are free of charge; for more information please contact 212.684.3264 or visit our website:

The Doe Fund 8/18 at 8PM
Founded in 1985, The Doe Fund develops and operates innovative programs to provide formerly incarcerated and homeless individuals the opportunities they need to rejoin mainstream society. Our centerpiece initiative, Ready, Willing & Able, is based on the belief that helping those in need requires providing a hand up, not a hand out., 646-672-4248

Hour Children 8/19 at 8PM
Hour Children, located in Long Island City, is committed to the compassionate and loving care of children of incarcerated women. All persons are encouraged to live and interact with dignity and respect. Hour Children provides counseling, workshops and advocacy to support women while they are incarcerated and a full continuum of services to support women and their children upon release including housing, day care, mentoring, after school programs, counseling, and employment training and placement. 718-433-4724,

Shelter Box 8/20 at 8PM
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth and dignity following more than 140 disasters in more than 70 countries. ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for up to 10 people, stove, blankets and water filtration system, among other tools for survival. ShelterBox's American affiliate, ShelterBox USA is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida. Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at, by calling (941) 907-6036 or via text message by sending SHELTER to 20222 for a one-time $10 donation.

The Shoemaker
Written by Susan Charlotte, directed by Antony Marsellis
Performances begin Thursday, July 14; Opening Sunday July 24 through August 14, 2011

The Pretty Trap
Written by Tennessee William, directed by Antony Marsellis.
Performances begin Tuesday, August 2; Opening Tuesday, August 3, 2011 through August 21, 2011

The Acorn Theatre is located at 410 W 42 Street

Regular priced seats are $66.25 ($10 tax deductible); Premium seating is $131.25 ($70 tax deductible) and can be purchased at or by calling (212) 239-6200.

For more information about, Cause Celebrè and these productions and their performance schedule or please visit:

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