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“Scathingly funny/A blazing and hilarious revival!”


“An Uncompromising Joyous Affair, Broad in Comedy and Spirit!”

Please Join Us for a
Benefit Evening Supporting
Theatre for a New Audience

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
7:00 PM Performance
Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes with no intermission

239 W 45th Street, New York, NY 10036
(between 7th and 8th Avenues)

Post-Performance Reception: 9:00 PM 
with Special Guests, Kenny Leon
and other members of the cast and artistic team including
Jay O. Sanders and Heather Alicia Simms

120 W 51st Street, New York, NY 10020
(between 6th and 7th Avenues)

Limited Number of Premium Seats Available

$1,250 each ($950 tax-deductible)

Tickets and Donations: Olivia Laskin, 646-553-3894;



This is the play’s first Broadway revival since its Broadway premiere in 1961 that starred Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Alan Alda, Godfrey Cambridge, Sorrell Booke and Beah Richards.

Purlie Victorious is based on Ossie Davis’s experiences growing up in Georgia under Jim Crow. The play’s enduring significance lies in its use of humor and art to address societal disparities and challenge oppressive authority while entertaining, epitomizing Ossie Davis’ profound impact on both the world of theatre and the fight for equality.

Proceeds from the benefit will support TFANA’s productions and its programs in the New York City Public Schools.


If you cannot join us for the benefit on October 12, please consider helping to make the event a success by making a gift of any size to support our annual fund with a gift of your choosing. All gifts support Theatre for a New Audience’s productions and programs, including arts in education programs in New York City Public Schools and creative development opportunities for artists.

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Photo credits: Marc J. Franklin

Photo 1: Leslie Odom Jr. 
Photo 2: Kara Young, Heather Alicia Simms 
Photo 3: Jay O. Sanders, Billy Eugene Jones, Kara Young and Leslie Odom Jr.