Thank you to all who participated in Giving Tuesday yesterday! As you may know, we are in the midst of our end-of-the-year giving campaign. All donations go directly to support our charitable services, and one of these services is the Florence James Children's Holiday Fund. It is a long-standing tradition that every holiday season, EAG gives a little extra to the performers we have helped who have children at home.
Between our Facebook fundraiser yesterday, other individual donations, and a generous gift from The Lambs, we raised $4730 for the fund! Thank you so much for helping a lot of families have merry and bright holidays this year.
Our Giving Campaign is still going strong! We have a goal of $25,000 to reach by January 15th. You can help us get there by visiting actorsguild.org/make-a-donation. And if you'd like us to restrict your gift to a specific program, just let us know!
Today we honor those we lost and those who are living with HIV/AIDS and reflect with joy and gratitude on the gifts they gave and are giving to this world. It's been about 40 years since the first cases were recognized by the United States CDC, and according to HIV.gov, 37.7 million people worldwide were living with HIV in 2020.
The loss of this legend was felt deeply by millions, and the outpouring of love and affection we've been witnessing over the past week has shown how time and time again, Stephen Sondheim's melodies and lyrics have profoundly impacted individuals since 1957, and will continue to for the rest of time.
We know you all have Sondheim stories, whether you worked with him directly or on one of his many shows. We'd love to hear them, and we may publish some of them in the next issue of the Eaglet.
We know it's hard, especially on this topic, but please try to limit your submissions to 125 words so we can hear from as many members as possible. You can send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Varley O'Conner: Copenhagen, 1956: Tanaquil Le Clercq, known as Tanny, is a gorgeous, talented, and spirited young ballerina whose dreams are coming true. She is married to the love of her life, George Balanchine—the famous mercurial director of New York City Ballet—and she has become a star around the world. But one fateful evening, only hours after performing, Tanny falls suddenly and gravely ill; she awakens from a feverous sleep to find that she can no longer move her legs.
Anyone can join Broadway Book Club! The only requirement is that you have read the book. Book Club meets in person at Guild Hall and online via Zoom.
Step back in time and experience this festive Sherlock Holmes holiday adventure in a special one-night-only dramatic reading happening LIVE and IN-PERSON at Guild Hall!
The Story: December. London, 1889. A recently-married Dr. Watson visits his friend, Sherlock Holmes, to convey his Christmas greetings, but both become involved in solving the theft of a priceless gem – secreted inside a goose – which they pursue all over London. A play about forgiveness and friendship restored.
Adapted by Andrew Joffe from the short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Directed by DeLisa M. White. Featuring Greg Oliver Bodine, Andrew Joffe, Annalisa Loeffler, and Paul Singleton.
All proceeds go to support the charitable programs of the Episcopal Actors' Guild and performing artists in need.
The Transfiguration Choir of Men & Boys & Girls, harpist Tomina Parvanova, Abendmusik Period Instrument String Band (director Pat Neely), and conductor Claudia Dumschat perform Dancing Day! by John Rutter and traditional hymns, carols, and anthems of Christmas inspired by dance including Dances from Terpsichore by German Renaissance composer Michael Praetorius.
Please note: This event takes place in the church, not Guild Hall.
Please note that it is The Church of the Transfiguration's policy that all attendees should wear their masks at all times. Their music committee has decided that all attendees must be fully vaccinated and vaccination cards will be checked at the door. If attending, please remember to bring your proof of vaccination and ID.
Actors Night at EAG is a judgment-free zone, where you can work on monologues, scenes, commercial copy, cold readings, your own material- anything!- before a group of supportive and talented fellow artists. Whether or not you get constructive feedback is up to you.
Hosted by Peter Von Berg (The Blacklist, The Americans, House of Cards). Actors Night happens on the third Tuesday of each month.
Come try a yoga class! This one-hour class led by the soothing Rebecca Ambrose is offered each Monday at 1:00, and we just love it. Suitable for all levels of mobility, yoga is a great way to keep your body healthy and your mind clear.
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DIY with DEI
Linda passed away. Linda is Frankie’s (my partner’s) sister. She passed away 5 years ago in December here in NYC. At that exact moment, Frankie and I were on a plane bound for Hawaii to spend the Holidays with my parents. Linda had lived with MS for over 40 years, she was in a wheelchair and someone who might be considered a person living with disabilities...but she was one of the most abled persons that I have ever known. She was tough, a fighter, a true New Yorker! She never complained about her condition and, although she lived on a limited income, was extremely generous and donated to different charities. And Linda loved the Holidays! Any gathering at her place was like a rainbow, every Race and colorrepresented, a true lesson in Diversity andInclusion.
Why am I sharing this story with you?? Because Linda saw people for who they truly were, beyond Race or color or gender or class. She didn’t see me, Chris, as only a Gay Asian man who she liked…she saw me in my totality as someone that she loved. So my Hope and Wish for all of us as we begin this Holiday Season, is that we take the time to look into each other’s faces and see each other--as Linda did--for all that we are and who we truly are: a Blessing, a Miracle, another Human Being.
WATCH: Trouble In Mindby Alice Childress. A play written in 1955 about Race & Racism on Broadway and beyond, it is sadly and eerily relevant 66 years later. A must-see! And featuring EAG and the DEI Committee’s very own Reynaldo Pinella, making his Broadway debut!