Two important theatrical events for social justice and climate change

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Food for Thought Productions, a theatre company that celebrates the one-act play, is launching its 2023 season with dramatic adaptations based on two issues of supreme importance: Voting Rights and Freedom of Speech.

The stories are taken from the writing of renowned trial attorney Martin Garbus who has represented countless historical figures from Lenny Bruce to Samuel Beckett, Jimmy Carter to Nelson Mandela. The one acts, dramatized by award-winning playwright Susan Charlotte, will feature a Q and A with Mr. Garbus and the cast (including Zach Grenier, Darlene Hope, Larry Pine and director Antony Marsellis) following the performance. Audience members will be treated to copies of “Ready for the Defense” by Garbus.

The performance is on Monday afternoon, Jan. 23 from 2-4 PM at Theatre 80 St. Marks. Tickets are $65. Use discount code FFTP, for $20 off.

The show will also be live streamed. For more information go to: FFTP

If you’re a fan of Broadway and an advocate for sustainability, an event happening on Monday evening is for you.

Several Broadway performers who are deeply committed to the environment created an event to raise funds for the Broadway Green Alliance, an industry-wide initiative that educates, motivates, and inspires the entire theatre community and its patrons to implement environmentally friendlier practices on Broadway and beyond.

Conceived by Broadway performers Jenn Gambatese and Anika Larsen, Stars in the House for Climate Action will feature a roster of stars including Lena Hall, Jessie Mueller and Mara Davi.

It’s all taking place at the fabulous Green Room 42 cabaret space at 9:30 PM, Monday, Jan 23.

For information and tickets go to: Broadway Green Alliance Event


  • Valerie Smaldone

    Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has just directed and produced her first film featuring Gloria Gaynor and is producing a docu-series starring Erik Estrada. Visit her website at

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