Annette Bening, Sean Carvajal, and Emma Ramos Star in Benefit Reading of Griswold November 11 | Playbill

Benefits and Galas Annette Bening, Sean Carvajal, and Emma Ramos Star in Benefit Reading of Griswold November 11

Angela J. Davis' new play tells the story of activist Estelle Griswold, who fought for the right to privacy.

Annette Bening, Sean Carvajal, and Emma Ramos

Off-Broadway's Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company (PCTC) and Broadway's A Is For present a benefit reading of Griswold at The Cooper Union November 11. Emily Mann (Gloria: A Life, Having Our Say) hosts the evening, which begins at 7 PM.

Two-time Tony nominee Annette Bening (All My SonsCoastal Disturbancesstars in the reading of the new play by Angela J. Davis, joined by Sean Carvajal (American Buffalo, King Lear) and Emma Ramos (New AmsterdamScenes from a Marriage), with Jacqueline Guillén (Search Party72 Miles to Go…) reading stage directions.

Based on the life of activist Estelle Griswold, Davis' new work explores Griswold's legacy. As an activist, she fought for the establishment of a constitutional right to privacy in 1965, a right to protect individuals in matters of gender, sexuality, and reproductive freedom, among others.

Tatiana Pandiani directs the reading, executive produced by Allison Bressi. Amy Sapp serves as associate producer with B. Rafidi as production coordinator. Artwork is by Kelly Schmidt.

The evening features musical entertainment, surprise guests, and door prizes as well as a post-show discussion moderated by PCTC Associate Artistic Director Erica Stevens Abbitt.

Proceeds from Griswold support A Is For's mission "to de-stigmatize abortion and enhance access to reproductive services" as well as The Pink House Fund, previously known as Jackson Women's Health Organization, the only abortion clinic in Mississippi which was forced to close earlier this year with the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade. It is now reopening in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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