July 16, 2014 | 1365 views
Comedy for a cause
The Valley Stream courtroom will be transformed into a theater this weekend, with a two-day production that will raise money for breast cancer support groups.
MCAP Productions will present “Average Perfection,” a revival of a play last performed in 2006. It was written and is being directed by John Blenn, a performing arts consultant with the village. There will be a Saturday evening performance followed by a Sunday matinee.
The story is about a pair of down-on-their-luck guys who are out of work and create a fake beauty pageant to come up with some quick cash. In the end, they learn about themselves. “They make every mistake in the book you can make in putting on a beauty contest,” Blenn said.
Money raised at the Saturday night performance will benefit Bosom Buddies, based in Bayside, Queens. The organization raises money for the American Cancer Society. It was started by Darcy Novick, a breast cancer survivor who was first diagnosed in December 2010.
Bosom Buddies has raised nearly $100,000 since it was founded three years ago, and Novick has a yearly fundraising goal of $30,000. “Every little event that I do just adds to the pile,” she said. “I just feel that drive to give back.”
Novick, a former manager of the East Side Comedy Club and producer of the Long Island Comedy Fest, has known Blenn for several years and they decided to get together to do the fundraiser. “I’m all about bringing awareness with a touch of comedy,” she said.
Proceeds from Sunday’s show will benefit 1-in-9: the Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition. The organization runs the Hewlett House, a non-profit resource center for women battling cancer.
Blenn said for a breast cancer fundraiser, “Average Perfection” was the perfect play to choose. “It has a very heavy female aspect to it,” he said. “We thought that this was one of the better things in our catalog for an audience that will probably be more female than male.”
The cast includes two women from Valley Stream, Sophia Soler and Jade Raad. This is Raad’s second production with Blenn. In “Average Perfection,” she will be playing Gwendolyn, a contestant in the beauty pageant who is just happy to be there.