Theater Saves Lives: An Evening of Hope is a charity gala taking place on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, benefiting The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation and New York City theater company, Ruth Stage. A highlight of the event is to be a rehearsal sequence of the troupe’s upcoming revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, featuring cast members Alison Fraser and Austin Pendleton. The production will be directed by Joe Rosario.
Although it is considered a rare form of cancer, with approximately 10,000 people diagnosed each year in the United States, the incidence of cholangiocarcinoma is growing. A recent study (JAMA Network Open) estimates that by 2040, liver and bile duct cancer will be the third deadliest cancer in the United States. Because of this, raising money for research is an urgent matter, which is something that influenced the partnership between Ruth Stage and the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.
“The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation greatly appreciates the generosity of Ruth Stage. Like so many others, the company has experienced firsthand the impact of lethal bile duct cancer diagnosed of a loved one. Their support helps further our mission to support patients and render cholangiocarcinoma a treatable disease” said Laura Hnat, CCF Vice President and Chief Development Officer.
“It’s a privilege to be working with the CCF on such a cause and it is my hope that our theater group can help to make a difference” said Matt de Rogatis, Ruth Stage’s Chairman & Creative Director. Mr. de Rogatis initially reached out to the foundation to help a friend who was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma. “What started off as a mission to help one person has turned into a call to action to help the countless individuals living with bile duct cancer.”
The 7:00 PM benefit will be held at the Soho event space Cubico, in “The Cellar,” located at 433 Broadway, in Manhattan. Attendees can expect a full-service open bar with specialty cocktails, a high end, southern inspired pass around dinner, dessert, live music, guest speakers from the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation and a charity auction featuring fine art, sports memorabilia and getaway vacation packages.