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New Canaan actor in ‘Love Letters’ at NYC supper club for good cause

New Canaan actor Annaliese Kirby is in the play “Love Letters” at the New York City supper club Dec. 9, 2018. New Canaan actor Annaliese Kirby has a leading role in Love Letters as Melissa. — Contributed photo
New Canaan: There will be a special benefit performance with a new take on A.R. Gurney’s timeless hit play, Love Letters, Sunday, Dec. 9 at the popular cabaret supper club Feinstein’s/54 Below at 254 W. 54 St. in New York City.
The benefit event begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m. and the performance ends at 8:30 p.m.
Proceeds will support the Family Equality Council.
The benefit performance is sponsored by “Getting Together for Good,”  the new name for a long established New York based charitable women’s fundraising group which includes New Canaan members Rita Kirby, Bonnie Sztam and Marilyn Malkin.
The organization is dedicated to helping make the world a better place, beginning close to home, said the announcement.
Rather than support a single charity year after year as in the past, the group represents a new trend in charitable giving, where members research various non-profit organizations and vote on which ones to support each year.
New Canaan actor Annaliese Kirby has a leading role in Love Letters as Melissa. New Canaanites may remember her role as an airline stewardess in the Town Player’s production of Boing Boing a few years ago. Will Roland plays the male lead in Love Letters. He was recently seen in Dear Evan Hansen. Kirby is a New York City based actor/producer; and co-founder of the No Name Collective. She is passionate about bringing classical texts to young audiences and producing theater for female led organizations.
Her recent productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth with the No Name Collective as well as Hamlet.
This year the “Getting Together for Good” committee members selected the Family Equality Council, a national non-profit organization, as their fundraising recipient.
The Council supports and protects LGBTQ families through education, advocacy, and legal initiatives, and envisions a future where all LGBTQ families can live in communities that recognize, respect, protect and value the fundamental right of everyone to raise a family.  
The benefit will support the Ric Swezey Memorial Fund Story Library, a video library telling the stories of everyday LGBTQ families in their struggle for lived and legal equality.
To receive an invitation to the Love Letters cabaret benefit or for further information, email Rita Kirby at rkirby@wpsir.com
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