The First National Touring Company of Wicked will host Defying Inequality, an evening of cabaret performances promoting equality and civil rights. Held at the Birch North Park Theatre, and produced by company members of Wicked, the event will feature members of the cast and crew as well as guest performers. This one-night only event will benefit Equality California, Empire State Pride Agenda, Garden State Equality and Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force, four non-profit charitable organizations working to legislate equality and protect civil rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. All proceeds will be distributed evenly among the four organizations. Defying Inequality is an evening intended for mature audiences.
Defying Inequality will feature musical performances that support Wicked's theme of acceptance and illuminate the musical's message that people should not be judged on first impressions, and that in these divisive times we must come together to support one another's rights throughout the country and around the world. Performers include Donna Vivino (Elphaba), Nina West (2008 National Entertainer of the Year), Alison Arngrim (Little House on the Prairie) San Diego's own Judy "The Beauty" Forman as well as many members of the cast of the First National Touring Company of Wicked. The evening will also feature live and silent auctions, including an opportunity to bid on an onstage appearance in Wicked at the Civic Theatre, other show-related items, as well as MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA T-shirts.