Celebrate the first day of National Stuttering Awareness Week at

 

Our Time Theatre Company's

2nd Annual Benefit Gala

in New York City

 

Honoring Dr. Alan Rabinowitz

Hosted by Jane Alexander

 

Monday May 10th, 2004

6 pm cocktail party

8 pm performance

 

Performances by:

 

The Our Time Teens

STOMP

Adam Pascal

Alice Ripley

Everett Bradley

 

Special appearances by:

 

Phillip Schneider

and the President of the Stuttering Foundation of America, Jane Fraser

 

For more information or reservations

please call: Our Time at 212-414-9696

or email: moreinfo@ourtimetheatre.org

 

Our Time Theatre Company, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing an artistic home for young people who stutter, will hold its annual benefit on Monday, May 10th, 2004, the first day of National Stuttering Awareness Week.  The gala will be held at 8:00 pm at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City, and will be hosted by Tony award winning actress and former NEA chair, Jane Alexander.  At this event, Our Time will continue the tradition of honoring a person who has improved the quality of life and been an inspiration for people who stutter. The second annual Our Time Award will be presented to Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, author, explorer, and Director of the Science and Exploration Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society, based at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. 

 

The evening will feature performances from the Our Time Teens, accompanied by Broadway performers, including the cast of STOMP, Adam Pascal (RENT, Aida, Cabaret),  Alice Ripley (The Who’s Tommy, Sunset Blvd., Side Show), Everett Bradley (STOMP, Swing!), and more to come.  Jane Fraser, the president of the Stuttering Foundation of America, will present Dr. Rabinowitz with the Our Time Award. The evening’s festivities will begin at 6 pm with a cocktail party where guests get a chance to meet and greet with Jane Alexander, Jane Fraser, Dr. Rabinowitz, and the performers. 

 

Last year’s benefit was a remarkable evening.  Our Time honored actor, writer, director, and teacher Austin Pendleton. Sam Waterston (TV’s Law and Order) was on hand to present Mr. Pendleton with the award.  The audience was entertained, educated, and moved.  The gala provides a rare opportunity for Our Time’s teenagers to speak publicly about the challenges facing young people who stutter.  One of the highlights last year was a speech by 14-year-old Corom Buksha, one of Our Time’s first company members. 

 

“When you’re a teenager people don’t even give you a chance and just laugh in your face. That’s why I enjoy Our Time so much because we can stutter and nobody cares…We can express ourselves through acting…Once you can do a two hour play in front of hundreds of people, talking to a friend or a stranger is nothing.”