The Second City Donates $30,000 to Planned Parenthood
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by BWW News Desk
The Second City has announced that they have raised over $30,000.00 for Planned Parenthood Illinois since the opening of their current Mainstage show, The Second City 100th Revue: "Who Do We Think We Are?"
On Thursday, January 10, 2013, The Second City will host an audience of Planned Parenthood Illinois staff and volunteers to announce the final donation total.
In the process of writing the show, the cast, which included Tim Baltz, Edgar Blackmon, Holly Laurent, Katie Rich, Mary Sohn, and Steve Waltien as well as director Matt Hovde, created a scene to exemplify our current election process.
"We had to come in with political-themed pitches towards the end of our writing process and everyone in this cast is such a good improviser, so had the idea for an improv scene where the audience 'lobbied' for the suggestion with money. It was in response to how horrible the Super-PAC situation is getting," explains cast member Katie Rich. "We were shocked with how willing and excited the audiences were to give money, especially once they were invested! Then, the question became, well, what do we do with all the money? The War on Women was an issue that I kept trying to write a scene about but kept failing because it was such a difficult thing for me to separate myself from. So I thought we could give the money to Planned Parenthood! And the rest is history. Matt Hovde, our director, really supported the evolution of the concept, and the rest of the cast kill it every night in that open improv slot."
Tickets for The Second City's 100th Revue: "Who Do We Think We Are?" are available by phone at 312-337-3992 or online at www.secondcity.com. The show schedule and ticket prices are as follows:
Tuesday 8 pm $23.00