Glenn Close, Patti Lupone, & More Join amfAR's COVID-19 Benefit

The Foundation for AIDS Research, amfAR, has joined the fight against COVID-19. 

On October 8th at 8:30PM amfAR and director Ellie Heyman presents The Great Work Begins: Scenes from Angels in America, benefitting amfAR’s Fund to Fight COVID-19.

The night will feature performances from Glenn Close, Paul Dano, Linda Emond, Jeremy O. Harris, Brian Tyree Henry, Nikki James, Laura Linney, Vella Lovell, Patti Lupone, S. Epatha Merkerson, Larry Owens, Andrew Rannells, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Lois Smith, and Brandon Uranowitz. The 60-minute broadcast will livestream on’s YouTube channel.

The free virtual event will be followed by a live conversation moderated by Paul Wontorek, Editor-in-Chief of, and feature Mr. Kushner, Ellie Heyman, amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost and several of the actors from the production. They will discuss the play, as well as activism and COVID-19 research. The conversation will offer viewers who make a donation of $100 or more an exclusive opportunity to hear directly from the cast and creative directors about the event and the importance of joining forces to support COVID-19 research.  

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Ellie Heyman and to have the support of Tony Kushner for this timely reworking of what is considered to be the most profound and poignant artistic exploration of the AIDS crisis,” said amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost. “Angels is an intensely personal work that is so much more than just an AIDS play and, in this time of COVID and national unrest, its themes of racism and government failings make it as relevant and resonant today as it was when it was first performed 30 years ago.”

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