Netflix’s Mason Alexander Park on Long Wharf Benefit Show

Long Wharf Theater was one of the first places to hire Park during the pandemic where they starred in “I am my own wife” in 2020. Since then, Park has continued their involvement in the theater through virtual meetings for come up with ideas on how theater can serve the community and its performers.

“I was really moved and inspired by the way the theater wanted to help marginalized artists, especially at a time when no one was paying artists… they were one of the first to want to protect the vulnerable people we love and who don’t have jobs instead of asking for free labor, ”Park said.

Once Park started his film and TV work, they said they wanted to find a way to give back to Long Wharf, either artistically or through a benefit – it turned into both with a 40 minute short film directed by Paul McGil.

“Catharsissy” is about identity, ego and “letting go of things that don’t serve us,” Park said. “It sounds like the perfect companion piece to the pandemic.” There will be a screening of the short film with two live musical performances from Park.

The benefit event will help support the theater’s post-pandemic reopening season. “We are delighted with the return of this exceptional artist and our continued return to the theater,” Long Wharf Theater General Manager Kit Ingui said in a statement.

The Long Wharf Theater has served the New Haven community for 56 years.

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