In turning the extraordinary into the routine, Opening Act put on an incredible performance for their tenth annual benefit play reading at the New World Stages in New York City on Tuesday May 3rd 2016. This year’s reading was The Story, by Tracey Scott Wilson.

The Story was directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin In The Sun). The stars of the reading were Aja Naomi King (The Birth Of A Nation), Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy), Dulé Hill (The West Wing), Joshua Jackson (The Affair), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter And The Starcatcher), and Brittany Adebumola (a current Opening Act student!).

As a prelude to Opening Act’s reading of The Story, the students performed an original work titled The Me You Don’t See, to kick off the evening on a high note.

Over 500 professionals, art enthusiasts, and celebrity supporters attended in support of Opening Act. The funds raised through this event is going towards supporting and creating opportunities for students in most high-need NYC public high schools that have low graduation rates and a lack of theater and arts programs.


Opening Act has been running after-school theater programs for 36 of New York City’s most underserved schools for the past 16 years. As President John F. Kennedy said, “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future,” a message we need to remember in order to build a better future.

As a proud sponsor of Opening Act for 7 consecutive years, thanks Opening Act for their outstanding work and commitment to New York City. Michael J. Mulligan, President and CEO of said, “Opening Act is an organization that continues to give a new future to the people who may need it most, our students.”

Written by Robert Hudson