BroadwayCon was filled panels from the hottest shows currently on Broadway. However, just a floor down, another panel was happening, but it wasn’t for a specific show: It was for BC/EFA. The panel featured Once on this Island’s Hailey Kilgore, The Prom’s Christopher Sieber, Be More Chill’s Britton Smith, and Lion King’s L. Steven Taylor. (Plus, Cheech Manohar and Julius Rubio helped man their booth for a while.)
So, what exactly is BC/EFA?
Sieber says, “So you’re at the deli right, and you have like fifteen minutes for lunch, okay and you’re at the deli and there’s a long line, you finally get your food and everything, you’re at the counter and you don’t have your wallet, and then there’s a guy behind you who’s like, ‘Don’t worry, I’ve got it.’ That’s the way I look at Broadway Cares.”
However, Kilgore had a different analogy, “If Broadway Cares was an octopus, it’d have like 8 million tentacles because they’re everywhere. You guys are helping people that really need it.”
In other words, Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS is a non-profit organization that raises money for a number of charities. From the HIV/AIDS Initiative to Hurricane Relief to Food and Meal Delivery Programs in 37 states (including Puerto Rico), Broadway Cares’ reach is wide.
On top of joining in on BC/EFA’s larger events (such as Broadway Bares, Red Bucket Follies, Easter Bonnet, and Broadway Barks) they talked about some of their less official ways of raising money. “During Broadway Bares season I also go around the building and I threaten people that I am going to take off my clothes in their dressing rooms if they don’t give me money,” Taylor laughed, “You do what you’ve got to do.”
Sieber also credits BC/EFA with uniting the Broadway community in a way that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. “They brought everyone together for a common cause, and that is to raise money for people. And it’s not just for AIDS or HIV, it’s also for hurricane relief or forest fires or American Red Cross or, so many things. So, having gifts that you can give away, and still have your gifts, that is the best thing to do.”
If you’d like to donate or get involved, you can learn more here.