Theatrical benefit for muscular dystrophy to be played in Greenwich
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Aug 6, 2009 - 12:58 PM

Lady with a Lamp: the Untold Story of Florence Nightingale
Actress and playwright Marina Julia Neary will use the production of her next historical play “Lady with a Lamp: the Untold Story of Florence Nightingale” as a benefit for muscular dystrophy research. A portion of the profit will be donated to the Wyatt Foundation – started by Joanne Keeley, the wife of the two-time Emmy-winning producer Wayne Keeley.

The production is be directed by Diane LaSala who had also directed Neary’s first play “Hugo in London” that premiered in 2008. Many of the actors, including the two leads, Marta Coppola of Stamford, CT and Phil Gardiner of Yonkers, NY, have performed in her previous production. They have also worked with her on several film projects. Even though the play is set in 1854, it will appeal to modern audiences, as it touches upon such timeless issues as controversial military campaigns, medical malpractice and personal sacrifice for the sake of one’s profession. The author states: “The focus of my work is rather iconoclastic. My goal is to show Florence Nightingale, who is considered this icon of altruism, as a human being with her own fears, weaknesses and temptations.”

The shows will take place in theater of the First Congregational Church of Greenwich, located at 108 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT 06870. The show dates are October 16 and 17 at 8 pm and October 18 at 7 pm. Gourmet home-made refreshments will be available as well as interaction with the cast and the producers. The tickets start at $16. Patron ($40) and benefactor ($100) packages are available and include preferential seating, scripts signed by the cast, a listing in the program and exclusive interviews. Students and seniors get a discount ($10). The tickets can be used for tax-deduction purposes. To reserve your tickets, call 203-964-0093 or e-mail

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