Places, Please

Virtual 24-Hour Telethon to benefit The AFC

March 25, 2PM – March 26, 2PM

The AFC and Olivier Award-winning producer Michael Rubinoff are excited to announce Places, Please a 24-hour virtual telethon to benefit members of the entertainment industry impacted by COVID-19. The online fundraiser will begin on Wednesday, March 25 at 2PM EST and will continue live for 24 hours, until Thursday afternoon, with all donations going to The AFC.

Co-hosted by Rubinoff, award-winning playwright Nick Green and Second City veteran Ashley Botting, Places, Please will feature performances and interviews with Canada’s leading artistic directors, performers, writers and composers. A special segment will feature student hosts from Sheridan College’s Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance’s Class of 2020, who will conduct interviews and show performances by theatre students from around the world.

“Our mission is to digitally bring together our theatrical community and audiences,” said Rubinoff. “Together, we will promote hope and resilience, carried out through living room showcases, to highlight the extraordinary theatres and talent across the country.”

“The AFC is the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry,” said David Hope, Executive Director of the AFC, “Our organisation and members of our industry have experienced immense strain in the last week and this fundraiser will go a long way to help in these difficult times.”

The AFC is experiencing an unprecedented increase in demand due to COVID-19. Through compassionate and confidential support, the AFC helps Canadian entertainment professionals when they are at their most vulnerable to maintain health, dignity and ability to work. In this time of hardship, the organisation expects to expend 70% of its average yearly emergency financial aid budget on meeting requests for help that have come in just during the last week. To help, make a charitable donation to The AFC online.

Stream Live on Youtube.


2:00 PM – Introduction

2:15 PM – The AFC David Hope, Executive Director

2:45 PM – Come From Away Petrina Bromley

3:00 PM – Artistic Fraud Robert Chafe, Steve O’Connell, National Arts Centre Jillian Keiley, Jesse LaVercombe 

3:30 PM – Arts and Culture Centres of Newfoundland and Labrador Aiden Flynn

3:45 PM – 2b Theatre Christian Barry and Anthony Black

4:00 PM – Charlottetown Festival Adam Brazier, Dean Constable, Michelle Bouey;

4:30 PM – Theatre New Brunswick Natasha MacLellan, Michelle Raine

4:45 PM – Theatre Aquarius Ron Ulrich, Sarah Strange, Valerie Boyle

5:00 PM – Buddies In Bad Times Evalyn Parry, Tawiah M’Carthy

5:15 PM – Social Distancing Festival Nick Green

5:30 PM – Dear Evan Hansen North American Tour Jessica Sherman; Alessandro Costantini

6:00 PM – Neptune Theatre Jeremy Webb, Shawn Wright

6:30 PM – Segal Centre with Lisa Rubin, Louise Pitre, Joe Matheson, Jonathan Patterson and Chris Barillaro

7:00 PM – Second City Ashley Botting; Nigel Downer, Tricia Black, Natalie Metcalfe

7:15 PM – Host Check In

7:30 PM – Outside the March Julie Tepperman; Mitchell Cushman

7:45 PM – Special Guest

8:00 PM – Musical Stage Co. Mitchell Marcus, Britta Johnson

8:30 PM – Grand Theatre Dennis Garnhum, Deb Harvey, Alexis Gordon

9:00 PM – Steven Gallagher and Matt Murray

9:15 PM – Talk is Free Arkady Spivak

9:30 PM – Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Kelly Thornton, Ryan James Miller

9:45 PM – Winnipeg Jewish Theatre with Ari Weinberg

10:00 PM – The Globe Theatre Geoff Whynot, Marianne Woods

10:30 PM – Colleen Dauncey and Akiva Romer-Segal

10:45 PM – Thom Allison

11:00 PM – Citadel Theatre Daryl Cloran, Oscar Derkx, Belinda Cornish

11:30 PM – Arts Club Ashlie Corcoran, Naomi Wright

11:45 PM – Stage West Calgary Kira Campbell

12: 00 PM – Host Check In/Donation Update & Interview with Sheridan Alumni Kelsey Verzotti, Joel Cumber, and Georgia Bennett

12:15 PM – Social Distancing Festival

2:00 AM – Global Class of 2020 Interviews and performances by theatre students from around the world.

5:00 AM – Disney Shanghai Dave Bennett, Gloria Guo

5:30 AM – Come From Away Brian Mosher

6:30 AM – Sheep Soup UK Ben Welch, Adam Lenson, Nic Harvey, Rob Green

7:00 AM – TBC

7:30 AM – Young People’s Theatre  Allen MacInnis, Neil Bartram, Brian Hill

8:00 AM – Kevin Wong and Daniel Abrahamson

8:30 AM – Host Check In

9:00 AM – Native Earth Keith Barker, Herbie Barnes

9:30 AM – Canadian Stage Brendan Healy

9:45 AM – TBC

10:00 AM – Shaw Festival Tim Carroll, Kimberly Rampersad, Julie Lumsden

10:30 AM – Tarragon with Richard Rose, Herbie Barnes

10:45 AM – Nightwood Theatre Andrea Donaldson 

11:00 AM – Canadians on Broadway Danielle Wade (Mean Girls National Tour), Jeigh Madjus (Moulin Rouge!), David Hein (Come From Away), Irene Sankoff (Come From Away), Astrid Van Wieren (Come From Away)

12:00 PM –Charlotte Moore, Trish Lindstrom and Vanessa Sears

1:00 PM – Drayton Entertainment with Alex Mustakas, David Connolly, AJ Bridel

1:15 PM – CAEA Arden Ryshpan (Executive Director)

1:30 PM – Final Host Check In


 Ashley Botting is an alumna of The Second City where she wrote and performed in four Mainstage shows, and will direct their revue for spring 2020.  Ashley With a “Y” – her improvised one-woman musical cabaret, was NOW Magazine’s #1 Toronto Comedy Show, and The Stars of Mars – a musical she co-wrote – was awarded the Stage West Pechet Family Musical Award by The Playwrights Guild of Canada. She’s a panelist and writer on CBC Radio’s Because News, and has written for the Emmy-winning series Odd Squad.  Selected acting credits are TV: What We Do In The Shadows, Schitt’s Creek, Odd Squad.  Theatre: Beautiful Man (Factory) The Second City Guide To The Symphony (The Kennedy Center, Roy Thomson Hall) Cam Baby (Theatre Mischief).


Nick Green is a Dora and Sterling Award winning playwright in Toronto. Selected credits include In Real Life (book and lyrics; music and lyrics Kevin Wong; Canadian Music Theatre Projects); Happy Birthday Baby J (Shadow Theatre); Every Day She Rose (Nightwood Theatre); Fan Girl (book; music and lyrics Anika Johnson and Barb Johnston; Musical Stage Company’s Launch Pad); Dinner with the Duchess (Next Stage Festival); Body Politic (Buddies in Bad Times/lemonTree Creations; Dora Award); The Fabulous Buddha Boi (Guys UnDisguised; Sterling Award); and Poof! The Musical (book and lyrics; Twenties St Productions; Sterling nomination). Nick has been part of Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip; Factory Theatre’s Natural Resources; and the Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program at the Stratford Festival of Canada.


Michael Rubinoff is a Tony Award nominated and Olivier Award winning producer who conceived the musical Come From Away. In 2011 he launched the Canadian Music Theatre Project (the “CMTP”), an international incubator for the development of new musicals at Sheridan College where he originally produced and developed Come From Away. He previously served as Sheridan’s Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts and is currently Producing Artistic Director of the CMTP, Producer for Theatre Sheridan and a member of Sheridan’s Board of Governors. For his role in creating Come From Away, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross by Canada’s Governor General. He is a proud graduate of Western University’s law school.