written by: CHRIS CRADDOCK & NATHAN CUCKOW ------- music by: AARON MACRI

BASH'd Opening Night to Benefit the Anti-Violence Project

The Opening Night for BASH'd, the acclaimed Gay Rap Opera, will benefit AVP, Anti-Violence Project. The Off-Broadway premiere will be at The Zipper Factory Theater (336 West 37th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues) on Monday, June 23rd. In addition to the opening night benefit, premium tickets will be available for purchase throughout the run and will continue to benefit AVP. Previews begin Friday June 13th.

To purchase tickets, call 212-352-3101 & mention code AVP or click here http://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/47571/prm/AVP to order online.

Founded in 1980 by community activists as a grassroots response to anti-gay bias attacks occurring in Chelsea, today the Anti-Violence Project is the largest LGBT community-based anti-violence program in the United States, as well as the coordinator of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects (NCAVP).

Increased visibility is escalating both the incidence and severity of violence against LGBT people across the country. The Anti-Violence Project receives a call about an anti-LGBT incident on average every 12 hours, and a call about an anti-LGBT assault every 36 hours. NCAVP's Hate Violence Report documented an alarming 24% increase in total number of victims reporting incidents of anti-LGBT violence in 2007.

AVP meets it promise to the community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you, or someone you know have been a victim of abuse please call AVP's 24-hour Bilingual Hotline 212-714-1141. All services are free and confidential.

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