Arizona Theatre Company has announced that the original Off-Broadway cast of The White Chip will perform a live reading of Artistic Director Sean Daniels’ play about his unusual path to sobriety as a fundraiser for The Voices Project, a grassroots recovery advocacy organization, and Arizona Theatre Company.
The performance will be broadcast live Monday, May 11 at 5 p.m. PT on both Arizona Theatre Company’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. The performance will also be available for four days afterwards through ATC’s website and YouTube channel. While the performance is free to watch, viewers are welcome to donate what they can. All donations will be split equally between the two organizations.
A dry comedy about drying out, The White Chip follows Steven (Joe Tapper) on a wild theatrical journey to recovery. Steps away from his dream job running one of the hottest theaters in the country, Steven quickly spirals out of control from his place on top of the world to rock bottom. From the first sip to first love, critical hit to critical care, he carves an unusual path to sobriety.
A New York Times Critics’ Pick, The White Chip was last staged in New York City in October. Tony Award-nominated director Sheryl Kaller, Tony Award-winning sound designer Leon Rothenberg and the original Off-Broadway cast (Joe Tapper, Genesis Oliver, Finnerty Steeves) will return for the reading.
“It’s a challenging time for people in recovery, who used the same tools as theatre – gathering in a space with strangers to feel less alone – to stay healthy and connected. Now they simply can’t do the thing that has been a cornerstone to staying healthy, and in many cases, staying alive. So, as a theater that is a civic leader, and a cast that was blown away by the response of the theater community and the recovery community, we wanted to figure out how we can help.”Sean Daniels, ATC Artistic Director and Playwright