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The Light at the End of My Tunnel

Every year for the last decade or so I’ve had the privilege of attending the Red Bucket follies (formerly Gypsy of the Year), a major BC/EFA event and performance that marks the end of the 6-week fall fundraising collection.

It is the only BC/EFA event to include a moment of silence.

Every year it is preceded by a brief history of BC/EFA and we are all reminded of how personal a fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been – and continues to be – for all of us in the Broadway community.

Almost every year, Judith Light reads that speech.

She steps out onto the stage of the New Amsterdam Theatre (in a faaaaabulous pant suit) and gives what is nothing short of a sermon. Reading these notecards is not a gig to her. It is not an obligation. It is not a favor. It is not good publicity.

It is her conviction. And it is a real honor to breathe it in every year.

Inspired by a photo by Frazer Harrison, 2019.

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