In honor of Veteran’s Day, the producers of the Broadway hit War Horse will donate net proceeds from the November 11 performance to the USO. The 2011 Tony-winning Best Play centers on soldiers in World War I, and the show’s donation will be aimed at programs that support the 3,000 troops and families of the New York National Guard who are being deployed through the end of the year to Iraq and Afghanistan.
“The extraordinary success of War Horse is in no small part due to the very resonant chord that its powerful story, about the effect of war and the sacrifices it demands, strikes with today’s audiences,” Lincoln Center Theater execs Andre Bishop and Bernard Gersten said in a joint statement.
The USO is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the troops by providing morale, welfare and recreation services to men and women in uniform. The original intent of Congress for the USO, established in 1941, is to represent the American people by extending a touch of home to the military.
War Horse continues its engagement at LCT's Vivian Beaumont Theater, where it opened on April 14.