The Third Annual Blue Moon Affair, hosted by the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area, will be an evening of inspiration, entertainment, friendship and fundraising for the agency’s Montgomery County youth programs. The “blue tie” affair is Saturday, June 5, at 6 p.m. at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center.
“Our Blue Moon Affair benefits the agency’s Youth Empowerment Center (YEC), a program which provides valuable, life enriching activities for youth ages seven to 17,” said Tim Donnellan, President & CEO of the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area. “The success of the Center and our children depends on continued community support and funding. This annual event allows us to raise those funds, while enjoying an evening of talent and entertainment.”
The Blue Moon Affair will celebrate Community Action Partnership’s efforts while raising funds to sustain the agency’s youth programming. After his inspiring performance at last year’s Blue Moon Affair, Actor, Writer, Singer, Composer, Poet and Dayton native Daniel Beaty will return to perform his new solo work, “Through the Night.”
Combining a unique blend of music, poetry, comedy and drama, “Through the Night” is the story of six interconnected black males ages 10 to 60, all portrayed by Beaty. They all experience an unexpected phenomenon on the same evening that changes their lives and challenges them to tackle issues of education, addiction, finance and health.
Gwen Orel of Theatermania.com says Beaty “is a powerful talent whose societal observations are as sharp as his characterizations, and he has a pointed sense of humor and a gripping sense of rhythm . . . the play has a message—about children and their importance to the community—that is truly worth delivering.”
“It is his ability to also serve as a social/cultural observer that makes him a successful theater artist,” said Simon Saltzman of CurtainUp. “The real beauty of Beaty’s play, however, is that we don’t feel bombarded by old and familiar messages, nor do we ever feel we are being lectured.”
Beaty lived in Dayton from birth through high school. He attended Lincoln Elementary School, Stivers Junior High School, and graduated from Miami Valley School. After his second grade teacher asked him to recite a poem for a school assembly, he knew he wanted to perform.
“I knew at that moment that was exactly what I was supposed to be doing,” Beaty says. In third grade he began writing motivational speeches and presenting them to schools and service clubs.
“I’m a true child of Dayton,” Beaty says. “I had a very strong mother but also teachers that saw something in me and encouraged me.”
Beaty has performed on television, in theatrical productions and in concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Africa.
On television, Beaty was seen on NBC’s “Showtime at the Apollo,” HBO’s “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry” and BET’s “106 & Park.” He performed at the White House and in tribute to Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis at the Kennedy Center.
The Blue Moon Affair also includes a cocktail hour, dinner, musical entertainment and a presentation from the Youth Empowerment Center. As a “blue tie” event, guests are encouraged to wear a blue dress, suit, tie, and/or accessories.
Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio sponsors the Blue Moon Affair. Tickets are $60 per person, or a table for eight for $400. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (937) 341-5000 ext. 153.
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