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Tonight, great minds, performers and causes all align for a reading of Playwright Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Story. The play will be performed by Dule Hill, Aja Naomi King, Loretta Devine, Brittany Adebumola, Dedra McCylde, Shalita Grant, Heather Alicia Simms, Joshua Jackson,  and Celia Keenan-Bulger. Benefits go to help Opening Act.

Did we mention it was directed by Kenny Leon himself.

It all starts tonight at 7:15 p.m. at the New World Stages, 340 West 5oth Street (Between 8th and 9th Avenues). V.I.P. guests are admitted at 6 p.m. To donate click here.

Opening Act is a non-profit program dedicated to introducing students in underserved schools to develop – through theater – “leadership, commitment, confidence, and community.” Among the many programs, students spend a year in an after-school theater program and get to write, create and perform their own original work at the end. So, please DONATE here!

To learn more about Opening Act and its programs click here.

The Story centers around an ambitious reporter looking for that big story. But at what lengths. The story is said to be loosely based on Janet Cooke, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was disgraced when it was discovered she lied about events in her articles. The Story first landed at the Public Theater and has since been performed nationwide.

According to her bio:

Wilson’s work has received readings at New York Theatre Workshop, Second Stage Theatre, The Public Theater, the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Soho Theatre Writers Centre in London. Awards and residencies include two Van Lier fellowships from the New York Theatre Workshop, a residency at the Sundance Institute Playwright’s Retreat at Ucross and the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, the 2001 Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, the 2003 AT&T Onstage Award, the 2004 Whiting Writers Award, the 2004 Kesselring Prize, the 2007 L. Arnold Weissberger Award and the 2007 Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship. In 2009, she was the writer-in-residence at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Ms. Wilson has taught and guest lectured at Brown University, Yale University, Rutgers University and New York University. The Story and The Good Negro have been published by Dramatists Play Services. Ms. Wilson holds a master’s degree in English literature from Temple University.

For those who just woke up in 2016, here is a little bit of Mr. Leon’s bio:

KENNY LEON (Director) is a Tony Award-winning Broadway and film director. His Broadway credits include the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington(Tony Award Winner for Best Direction of a Play and Best Revival), The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, Stick Fly produced by Alicia Keys, August Wilson’s Fences (which garnered ten Tony nominations and won three Tony Awards including Best Revival), the 2004 revival of A Raisin in the Sun with Sean P. Diddy Combs, Gem of the OceanRadio Golf and the 2014 premiere of Holler if You Hear Me, a new musical created using the music of Tupac Shakur.

To learn more about Opening Act and its programs click here.

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