On a very special evening in December 2010, Chapter friends and supporters were transported back to 17th-century France and subjected to the “most obnoxious person on Broadway,” a delightful princess, and a first-rate glowering straight-man — all for a good cause. More than 70 members of our community attended a benefit performance of the hilarious Broadway farce, La Bête, at the Music Box Theatre, starring award-winning actors Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and long-time Alzheimer advocate David Hyde Pierce.
The performance was followed by a private party with the cast and crew at Pigalle Restaurant. In a remarkable act of generosity, Tom Viola, Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, presented Chapter President Lou-Ellen Barkan with a check in honor of David Hyde Pierce’s extraordinary commitment to charitable causes.
Barkan said, “Tonight’s performance of La Bête and the support of the theatre community is a good reminder that from the Boardroom to Broadway, Alzheimer’s disease impacts all New Yorkers. Right now more than half-a-million people in the five boroughs either have the disease or are taking care of someone who does. The Chapter is deeply grateful to Mark, Joanna, David and Tom Viola for their talents, their time and their generosity.”
David Hyde Pierce, a tireless advocate in the Alzheimer’s community, serves on the Board of the National Alzheimer’s Association and as a national spokesperson. He lost his father and grandfather to the disease.