Starting Saturday, Buffalo theatergoers can help support research for a new cancer vaccine at Roswell Park Cancer Institute simply by catching a show.
The Theatre Alliance of Buffalo is launching a joint fundraiser in which 12 theaters will donate 30 percent of their single ticket sales on Saturdays in February to Roswell Park. Two more theaters, Road Less Traveled Productions and Shea’s Performing Arts Center, will take up collections from their audiences for the fundraiser after Saturday performances through the end of the month.
In a statement about the initiative, called “Applause for Hope,” Theatre Alliance President Robert Brunschmid encouraged theatergoers to step outside their traditional comfort zones and to see shows at theaters they might not ordinarily patronize.
“Applause for Hope audiences can enjoy their show even more knowing that they have contributed to the fight against cancer,” Brunschmid said.
The program was designed to help Roswell Park launch the next phase in its clinical trials of a vaccine that may hold promise for patients with many different kinds of cancer.
That phase may begin as soon as the end of this year, according to a Roswell Park spokesman.
A list of the participating theaters and shows:
• Road Less Traveled Productions’ “Circle Mirror Transformation,” through Feb. 17 in 710 Main Theatre, 710 Main St. Call 629-3069 or visit www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org.
• Theatre of Youth’s “James and the Giant Peach,” through Feb. 10 in Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. Call 884-4400 or visit www.theatreofyouth.org.
• “Rent,” through March 3 in MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Snyder. Call 839-8540 or visit www.musicalfare.com.
• Subversive Theatre Collective’s “Angels in America,” through Feb. 16 in Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave. Call 408-0499 or visit www.subversivetheatre.org.
• Buffalo Laboratory Theatre’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries,” through Feb. 9 in Swan Auditorium, Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Call 202-9033.
• Buffalo United Artists’ “F------ Men,” through Feb. 23 in Buffalo United Artists Theatre, 119 Chippewa St. Call 886-9239.
• O’Connell and Company’s “Glorious!,” through March 3 in Gleasner Hall, Erie County Community College North Campus, 6205 Main St., Amherst. Call 848-0800 or visit.
• “Deadly Night Cap,” through Feb. 17 in Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster. Call 683-1776 or visit www.lancopera.org.
• Irish Classical Theatre Company’s “Dancing at Lughnasa,” Feb. 14 through March 10 in the Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. Call 853-4282 or visit www.irishclassical.com.
• Jewish Repertory Theatre’s “Mister Benny,” Feb. 7 through March 3 in the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, Jewish Community Center, 2640 N. Forest Road, Getzville. Call 688-4114, Ext. 391, or visit www.jewishrepertorytheatre.com.
• “Stick Fly,” Feb. 8 through March 3 in Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Ave. Call 884-2013.
• “Noises Off,” Feb. 15 to March 10 in Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. Call 829-7668 or visit www.kavinokytheatre.com.
• “Buried Child,” Feb. 21 through March 15 in Torn Space Theatre, 612 Fillmore Ave. Call 812-5733 or www.tornspacetheater.com.
• “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” Feb. 19-24 in Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.sheas.org.