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MOMENT TO CELEBRATE
HOUSES ON THE MOON THEATER COMPANY
2020 LEYTON AWARD WINNER
SACHIN JAIN / GAY HOUSING ASSISTANCE RESOURCE
DURING LIVE VIRTUAL PRESENTATION OF
THE 8TH ANNUAL GALA FUNDRAISER
THURSDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 15, 2020
BEGINNING AT 6:00PM
New York, NY (October 6, 2020) -- Houses on the Moon Theater Company/HOTM (Emily Joy Weiner, Co-Founder & Artistic Director; Kevin Connor, Managing Director), the acclaimed New York based not-for-profit theatre company with a mission to “dispel ignorance and isolation through the theatrical amplification of unheard voices,” will host their 8th Annual fundraiser “Amplify 2020,” with an online event honoring the stories they’ve shared and the artists, partners, and communities who bring them to life on Thursday evening, October 15, 2020 beginning at 6:00PM.
Join Houses on the Moon at this pivotal moment in time to celebrate the tales that move us and experiences that connect us across time and place. The evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. will include featured performances, special guests, previews of HOTM's upcoming projects, and the presentation of the 2020 Mauricio Leyton Award to Sachin Jain and his organization G.H.A.R. (Gay Housing Assistance Resource).
Special Thanks to the Honorary Amplify 2020 Committee that includes Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Nelle Nugent, Erin Craig, David Rothenberg, Warren Adams, Ruth Zowader, and Beth Lenke.
Houses on the Moon’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board includes, Jeffrey Rosenstock (Board Co-President), Jane Dubin (Board Co-President), Amy Gottlieb, Melissa Springs, Emily Weiner, R. Erin Craig, Jeremy Handelman, Jenny Paredes, Jeffrey Solomon, Jennifer Isaacson, Rashad Chambers, Warren Adams, Jamie DeRoy, Dina Janis, Hal Luftig, Nelle Nugent, Lisa Rothe, David Rothenberg, Drew Tagliabue, and Cheryl Wiesenfeld.
Tickets for the online event are FREE. A tax-deductible donation is encouraged to help support the works of the company. To RSVP, please visit www.housesonthemoon.org. A link will be sent with confirmation.
To learn more about event sponsorship levels, please contact email@example.com. Come and celebrate this special evening that honors the history and works of Houses on the Moon as they begin their journey toward their 20th anniversary year.
Houses on the Moon Theater Company, whose work has been hailed as “potent” and “powerful” (The New York Times), was founded in 2001. Through creative workshops, original performances, and post-show discussions, Houses on the Moon helps communities come together by making meaningful connections through the public sharing of their untold stories. All Houses projects are created through an extensive developmental and research process in collaboration with its community partners, which have included Amnesty International, the AFSC Immigrant Rights Program, Human Rights First, PFLAG, the Fortune Society and many others. At the core of the developmental process are interviews with real people about their lives, and a creative search for those human stories that yearn for a much wider hearing.
Sachin Jain / Gay Housing Assistance Resource (2020 Leyton Award) is an activist and teacher based in Mumbai, India, and his organization G.H.A.R. (Gay Housing Assistance Resource). Serving the entire Indian subcontinent, G.H.A.R. is a free location-based, short-, medium-, and long-term accommodation resource for LGBTIQ people and allies throughout India who are or plan to be renters, roommates, flat mates or property owners. Despite the historic Supreme Court of India Verdict of September 6, 2018 decriminalizing homosexuality, LGBTIQ people in India face unique accommodation problems such as homophobic landlords, hostile housing societies, bigoted neighbors or roommates, and the need to hide or suppress their identities for fear of judgement or discrimination. Due to hostile living environments, many Indian LGBTIQ individuals experience ongoing stress, isolation, uncertainty, and fear. G.H.A.R attempts to address this problem by connecting LGBTIQ individuals with housing resources, including listings for queer-friendly accommodations, supportive flat mates, and emergency housing for those facing eviction, violence, or intimidation.
The Leyton Award, named in honor of Mauricio Leyton, a Chilean born, talented actor and a beloved, committed member of Houses on the Moon. He was a natural leader and activist, dedicated to helping both individuals and communities grow and come together. He tragically passed away December 1, 2013 of an aortic aneurysm. Following his unexpected death, we created this award and grant to honor his memory. The Leyton Award is granted annually to an individual or organization that champions the unheard voice through community service.
The grant is funded by a percentage of the proceeds from the Houses on the Moon annual Amplify Benefit and by private donors. Past recipients have included Prison Families Anonymous, New Sanctuary Coalition, Save Our Streets: Bronx, Elaine Lane, Founder of David’s Shoes, Susan Goodwillie, Founder of The Creative Solution Symposium Ryder Farms, Libertas Center for Human Rights at Elmhurst Hospital, Judy Sennesh, Board member of PFLAG NYC and Founder of TransFamilies Project and Lenni Benson, Founder and Executive Director of The Safe Passage Project.
Houses on the Moon Theater Company believes in the power of theater to transform lives and instill empathy. Experiencing other people’s emotional lives and journeys through the lens of a character allows the company to connect in a “safe” way and to learn about ourselves and those around us. Through creative workshops, original performances, and post-show discussions, Houses on the Moon helps communities come together by making meaningful connections through the public sharing of their untold stories.
Currently in development is Shared Sentences, which explores the impact of incarceration on family members/loved ones. It is set to premiere off-Broadway in 2021.
Most recently, the company presented The Santa Closet in December 2019 which was heralded as “Thought-provoking and funny...Hilarious and good-spirited” (Broadway World).
In the Spring of 2017, Houses on the Moon presented two world premiere productions in repertory at the A.R.T./NY Theaters: The Assignment and UN COUNTRY. Both pieces were developed through workshops with people whose lives have been touched by guns. DC Metro Theatre called The Assignment, “Socially relevant and thought-provoking, profoundly heartrending and funny.”
In December 2017, Houses on the Moon presented a revival of its documentary theater piece De Novo through Next Door at NYTW. De Novo tells the story of an undocumented immigrant teenager fleeing gang life. The play had its Off-Broadway premiere in 2010 at 59E59 Theaters Americas Off-Broadway Festival. In 2011, the company mounted an all-Spanish version of the play in El Salvador with a special focus on reaching impoverished young people most at risk for migration. Houses on the Moon was honored to remount this acclaimed piece in partnership with New York Theatre Workshop.
Additional original company works include Tara's Crossing, one of the first plays ever to deal with political asylum for refugees fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The play had its World Premiere in 2005 at the L.E.S. Tenement Theatre and is still presented widely in theaters and as a training tool on gender identity and legal issues. TRANSformation is a storytelling performance piece about gender identity and family, with the aim of educating the public and empowering these families in their struggle for inclusion. It was most recently presented in partnership with the NYC
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