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A Star Studded Benefit for the Union Behind Entertainment
An Evening of Compelling One Acts Written and Read by Hollywood Notables
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In a show of solidarity and support for the striking International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) workers and for the Motion Picture &

Television Fund, Rogue Machine proudly hosts the one night only play reading entertainment event, “Thank You Five: A Star-Studded Benefit for the Union Behind the Entertainment.”


Located at the Matrix Theatre, this unique evening begins at 8pm on October 18th and will run for approximately 2 hours. The readings promise to be an entertaining and memorable experience for theatre enthusiasts and activists alike, while combining the magic of storytelling, live readings and performance with a commitment to the hardworking professionals who keep our entertainment industry thriving.


The short plays are written by some of theatre’s finest talent, and read/performed by Hollywood stars. Writers include Halley Feiffer, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Vince Melocchi, John Pollono, Tim Venable and more.

The cast includes Ahmed Best, Jon Bernthal, Joshua Bitton, Merrin Dungey, Diane Farr, Isidora Goreshter, Cameron Monaghan, John Ortiz, John C. Reilly, Andre Royo, Desean K. Terry, Shawn Caulin Young, Constance Zimmer and others.

“In the midst of one of longest strikes the entertainment industry has ever endured, and during what feels to be the darkest of days, theatre is a place where people go to hear stories told, to laugh, to feel, and to see their experiences illuminated. We, as a group of artists, have decided to gather together to give some light and relief to members of one of our sister unions that has been greatly affected by this work stoppage - the members of IATSE,” explains presenters Isidora Goreshter and Joshua Bitton.

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) was founded in 1893 when representatives of stagehands working in eleven cities met in New York and pledged to support each other’s efforts to establish fair wages and working conditions for their members. Today IATSE is more than 168,000 workers strong working behind the scenes in virtually all arts, media, and entertainment crafts. Their mission is to improve all entertainment workers’ lives both inside and outside the workplace.


Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) is a charitable organization that supports working and retired members of the entertainment community with a safety net of health and social services, including temporary financial assistance, case management, and residential living. Founded by Mary Pickford, for over 100 years the extraordinary generosity of the entertainment community has enabled MPTF to deliver charitable services to industry members in need.

Ticket proceeds will help to assist IATSE and the Motion Picture & Television Fund, providing essential support for workers and their families who are affected by the strike. In addition to ticket sales, attendees will have the opportunity to contribute to the cause on-site or online with donations.

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