Benefit Event

Join us FEBRUARY 11, 2012, for this powerful evening of theater!

On February 11, 2012, Community Works will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a benefit performance of Through the Night, a one person tour de force from OBIE Award-winning performance artist Daniel Beaty. Actor, poet, writer, showman and storyteller, Beaty will bring to life an entire cast of poignant and heart-breaking characters whose personal journeys are known to us all. Taking place at the lovely Brava Theater Center, this will be his first San Francisco performance.

The benefit will support Community Works’ programs for children, families and communities impacted by incarceration. It will also honor two powerful social justice advocates: Nell Bernstein, acclaimed for her groundbreaking book, All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated, and Sujatha Baliga, lauded for her trailblazing restorative justice work.

Click here to purchse tickets: $40 for standard seats, $100 for VIP seats (includes reception with Beaty and honorees).

Sponsorship opportunities are available for donations of $250 and more.



Highly acclaimed, Through the Night is the story of six interconnected black males ages 10 to 60: a child scientist, a young man from the projects on his way to college, an ex-convict, a corporate executive, a health food store owner, and the bishop of a mega church. They all experience an unexpected phenomenon on the same evening that changes their lives forever and challenges them to tackle personal and societal obstacles. Featuring a unique blend of music, poetry, comedy and drama, Through the Night is an urgent, timely story of possibility and hope.

Beaty received the 2007 OBIE Award for Excellence in Off-Broadway Theater for Writing and Performing, the 2007 and 2010 AUDELCO Award for Best Solo Performance and recently the 2011 NAACP Theatre Award for Outstanding Solo Show for Through the Night.

“Every now and then you see a performer who jolts the senses to attention. Daniel Beaty is one of them! By the end of the performance, I was on my feet shouting like someone in church – I was so moved.”
        – Ruby Dee, Legend of Stage and Screen
“Daniel Beaty’s new solo work Through the Night may be one of the most uplifting and inspiring pieces of theater you’ll see this year.”
        – Gwen Orel, Theatermania
“He remains a moving and eloquent performer, fully convinced of the power of theater to heal hearts and change lives.”
        – Wendell Brock, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Mr. Beaty’s writing for his central characters is compassionate and precise. Mr. Beaty is also a fine singer. He moves with the easy grace of a man attuned to the rhythmic impulse that links music and poetry.”
        – Charles Isherwood, New York Times



Sujatha Baliga is a Senior Program Specialist at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.  Her legal career is characterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crime. A former victims’ advocate and public defender, Ms. Baliga was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship in 2008 to develop a restorative juvenile diversion program, which has recently been funded to keep 100 Alameda County youth annually out of the juvenile justice system. Ms. Baliga has taught Restorative Justice at both the college and law school levels and has served as a consultant to the Stanford Criminal Justice Center. She earned her A.B. from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and has held two federal clerkships. Her personal and research interests include victims’ voices in restorative justice practices, the forgiveness of seemingly unforgivable acts, restorative justice’s potential to dismantle the New Jim Crow, and Tibetan notions of justice.

Nell Bernstein is a powerful leader and spokesperson on incarceration and its impact on youth and families. Her groundbreaking book, All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated, won the PASS Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, was selected as a pick of the week by Newsweek Magazine, a best book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, and a top ten book of the year by the Online Review of Books, and has been adopted into the curricula of numerous universities. She was also co-founder and coordinator of the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership, a coalition of individuals and organizations concerned about children of incarcerated parents and their families. Ms. Bernstein worked previously as editor of YO! (Youth Outlook), a monthly magazine by and about young people, and received a media fellowship from the Open Society Institute in New York and a Journalism Fellowship in Child and Family Policy from the University of Maryland School of Journalism. She speaks at forums, hearings and conferences across the country.

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