Monday, September 30, 2013

Masquerade Cocktail Party Fundraiser Oct 16 | @plaitheatre #NYC

UPDATE: PLAI Theatre has CANCELLED this event due to lack of funds, ticket sales and donations. 

This past year, I have become involved with PLAI THEATRE (pronounced PLAY). This group is a theatre company that works with people with special needs of all ages.  Last year, PLAI THEATRE gave people of all ages the opportunity to find the theater artist within them. PLAI THEATRE has worked with community centers, social aids and Resource Centers to bring theatrical sessions to people with special needs. PLAI THEATRE has brought all of this programming free to the children, teens and adults that seldom have the chance to explore their creative potential.

Today, I am asking you to help support PLAI THEATRE's upcoming programming which includes their fall theatre production with their Adult Ensemble, The Royal Players.  The Royal Players have been creating and rehearsing their original performance piece since April and are ready to share their hard work, thoughts and creativity with their friends, families and community members. They are also beginning a Teen Ensemble in Brooklyn with a full production in January.  PLAI THEATRE is also finalizing plans for an additional group for Adults in the Bronx as well as continuing our collaboration with Gigi’s Playhouse, providing free theatre sessions for children with Down Syndrome. 

Today, I am asking you to make a donation towards their upcoming programming.

The Adults are so excited about their production that they have created their own promotional video. Please enjoy their film on our website at

As many of you know The Boy was diagnosed with autism 5 years ago. One of the hardest things was learning that he had no imaginative play skills. We’ve had to teach him how to pretend and it’s a skill we continue to work on.  
When you have a child with special needs finding appropriate, engaging and affordable activities can be a challenge. That’s why PLAI THEATRE is so special. The people who run the program truly get it. And what I love most about PLAI is that it focuses on building imagination through performance. Whenever The Boy participates in PLAI he has such a great time (he loves the puppets) and I am grateful such a program exists.

Please help PLAI THEATRE raise $9,000 by October 31 through online donations or attending their Masquerade Cocktail Party on October 16th.  PLAI THEATRE hopes to enable their performers with ABLE imaginations reach their goals and perform.  Every dollar helps brighten the spotlight on each performer.

The Royal Masquerade!
Hors d'oeuvres will be served as well as wine, beer and soft drinks. Tickets are $30 online and $40 at the door.
WhenWednesday, October 16
6:30pm - 8:30pm |  performance by the Royal Players will be performed at 7:30pm.

LocationThe Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 East 3rd Street
New York NY 10009

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AutismWonderland - written by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez - is a personal blog chronicling a NYC family's journey with autism, while also sharing local resources for children/families with special needs.