Artistic community to hold ‘While We Breathe’ benefit July 29
Linda Armstrong | 7/23/2020, midnight
Members of the artistic community are coming together on Wednesday, July 29, at 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT on www.whilewebreathe.com and Youtube Live to use their talents to create original works to address this historical time in our country, in a program called “#WhileWeBreathe: A Night of Creative Protest.” Produced by Broadway producers Brian Moreland and Arvind Ethan David, the online performance event will benefit The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc; The Bail Project; Black Organizing For Leadership And Dignity (BOLD); BYP100 Education Fund; Forced Trajectory Project (FTP); The Justice Committee; and SONG.
“#WhileWeBreathe, A Night of Creative Protest” will feature new works written by theater and TV writers including Lee Edward Colston II, Arvind Ethan David, Cheryl L. Davis, Nathan Alan Davis, Steve Harper, Azure D. Osborne-Lee, Liza Jessie Peterson, Bianca Sams, Keenan Scott II, Aurin Squire, and Khari Wyatt. Directors will include Steve H. Broadnax III, Carl Cofield, Bianca LaVerne Jones, Patricia McGregor, Pratibha Parmar, Charles Randolph-Wright, Kirya Traber, and Tamara Tunie.
The evening will feature a mainly Black cast from theater, television and movies which will include Birgundi Baker, NAACP Theater Award winner Vanessa Bell Calloway, Bryan Terrell Clark, Neil Brown Jr., Keith Eric Chappelle, Kevin R. Free, Obie Award winner Alfie Fuller, Gold Derby nominee Marcus Henderson, Chris Herbie Holland, NAACP and Obie Award winner Ty Jones, Tony and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Patina Miller, Lori Elizabeth, Esau Pritchett, Obie and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Michele Shay, Hailey, Obie Award winner and Tony nominee Will Swenson, T.L. Thompson, and NAACP Image and Primetime Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Lynn Whitfield. Everyone involved is donating their time.
“The quality of this company, and the power of their work, speaks to the depth of talent in the BIPOC creative community and to a shared understanding of the importance of this moment. We can’t wait to share what we’ve made with the world and to raise funds and attention for the cause,” said Moreland and David.
Donations can be made at secure.actblue.com/donate/ldf_wwb. There will be an after-show discussion at 10 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. PDT hosted by Emmy-winning journalist Michelle Miller.
Creators, performers, and directors who are interested in participating in future events with #WhileWeBreathe, or in submitting new works, can contact the team at info@WhileWeBreathe.com and find more information by visiting WhileWeBreathe.com. Instagram: @WhileWeBreathe; Twitter: @WhileWeBreathe; and Facebook: Facebook.com/WhileWeBreatheOrg.