How appropriate then that after putting smiles on the faces of his audience members,
Arnie, why did you pick The Smile Train to support?
I did some research on it and it speaks to that kid in you. I felt different and alone as a kid and I was incredibly shy. I had few friends, and I didn’t like sports, I liked theater, so I always felt very alone. I saw these pictures and I knew how they must feel. My supporting them was an outward manifestation of how I felt and what that could bring to them.
But you’re not a one-man charity either. You also support United Cerebral Palsy.
That started a few years ago, when I was in the play Eugene’s Home playing someone with cerebral palsy, so I went to the UCP in
How do you support these organizations?
When I was a struggling actor I would write checks to charities because I always felt that I could give something each month, even if I was broke and I’ve been doing it ever since. Struggling actor -- write checks to charities and give money.
Everyone on Broadway gives back so much. Is that discussed at all or is it just known that if you’re on Broadway you help out?
We’re very much a community. After awhile everyone knows each other. We do what we do, not for the money, but because we love theater. Theater happens live and it’s affecting people right there, it’s interactive with the public. When AIDS came upon us in the 80s/90s, it really affected the theater community and when you feel part of the community, it’s easier to band together and you can make a difference.
What can your fans do?
Anyone can give something. It enriches your life so much. There’s just something that changes how you feel about yourself and it enlarges you. If you give five dollars, it will make a difference in how you feel about yourself.
New World Stages
340 West 50th Street
MAD MEN meets MILK
After a sold-out summer run, Michael Urie (UGLY BETTY) and Thomas Jay Ryan (IN THE NEXT ROOM) return to the stage in Jon Marans' intelligent and witty hit new play, THE TEMPERAMENTALS. Set against a backdrop of 1950's
"With style and a sense of humor, THE TEMPERAMENTALS mixes politics with campy comedy and unexpected bursts of emotional candor."
- Time Out
$49.50 (Reg. Price: $65.00)
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