The first time actor Rachel Brosnahan, star of Amazon’s award-winning “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” decided to sleep outdoors to help raise money for homeless youth and awareness about their plight, she decided it would not be her last.
It was about six years ago.
Brosnahan was making her Broadway debut in a show called “The Big Knife” at the Roundabout Theatre when the show’s publicist mentioned that a few members of the Broadway community had gotten involved with an organization called Covenant House.
For more than four decades, the organization has been providing homeless, runaway and trafficked young people with a safe place away from city streets.
The publicist mentioned how the Broadway community had partnered with Covenant House to create an event called “Broadway Sleep Out.”
They would spend a night sleeping outdoors at Covenant House’s Midtown site to draw attention to homeless youth between the ages of 17 and 21, while tapping their friends and networks to raise money to help.
“My first ‘Sleep Out’ I was 23 years old. Young people typically age out of Covenant House at 22. So the young people that I met at Covenant House were my peers. With a very small shift in circumstance, we could be standing in very opposite ends of the room,” Brosnahan recalled thinking as she prepared to sleep outdoors for the sixth year in a row Monday night.
Sleep Out: Stage & Screen is less than 24 hours away! I’ll be taking over the @covenant_house Instagram tomorrow eve to share pictures and videos (maybe even take a stab at a live vid!) so you can all share the night with me, #TeamMaisel and all the other artists who are Sleeping Out. Give the page a follow and I’ll see you there tomorrow! Still plenty of time to donate, if you haven’t yet! 🌟Link In Bio 🌟
“From that point forward, I wanted to become more and more involved. And I think that’s something that everybody who participates in this event is struck by,” she said.
Since then, Brosnahan has joined the board of directors of Covenant House international and has used her influence to draw supporters of Covenant House’s mission.
“This year, we have the largest number of participants we’ve ever had in this event. The name has changed from ‘Broadway Sleep Out’ to ‘Sleep Out Stage and Screen,'” she said.
Data from the event’s page on Covenant House’s website shows that as of Tuesday, members of the stage and screen community had raised more than $370,000 from 104 participants.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair