The arts aren’t merely for entertainment; they can also be a powerful healing tool. Just ask the organization Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY), which for 30 years has been helping children and adults deal with difficult situations through drama therapy. In order to continue their services, CANY will hold their annual gala at the Edison Hotel Ballroom on Monday, April 29. This year’s CANY honorees are Tony Award winners Katie Finneran and Kathleen Marshall, and in memoriam the organization’s founding chairperson Janet L. Levy.
Aside from the usual cocktails, dinner, and live auction, the evening will also include a performance by Kristin Chenoweth and a video presentation by Victor Garber. In addition, presenters include Judith Light and Matthew Broderick.
Individual admission is $300, which supports CANY in providing roughly 1,400 therapeutic theater groups in residential centers for children and youth, special schools, veterans’ mental health centers, and domestic violence safe shelters. Of their services, Susan Sarandon said in a statement, “As an artist, I strongly believe that theatre can change lives. At CANY this is being proven on a daily basis.”