Acting for a Cause: The Great Gatsby to Benefit amfAR

On Friday, November 19, 2021, Acting for A Cause, the live read series created by producer/director Brando Crawford, will air its first in-person live read session of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece The Great Gatsby, starring Kaia Gerber (American Horror Story: Double Feature), Mason Gooding (Booksmart; Scream), Josephine Langford (After; After We Collided), Jake Picking (Hollywood) and Nat Wolff (Mainstream; Home Again). The reading also features actors Owen Thiele, Rivkah Reyes, Ty Molbak and Kahyun Kim. Cinematographers Christopher Ripley and Patrick Ouziel and associate producers Ty Molbak and Joe Blakey collaborated with Brando to film this reading in the style of The Hollywood Reporter’s Actors Roundtable.

Back row (left to right): Kayhun Kim, Owen Thiele, Jake Picking, Nat Wolff, Mason Gooding, Ty Molbak, and Rivkah Reves. Front row (left to right): Kaia Gerber, Brando Crawford, Josephine Langford. Photo by Jared Eng Studios

The reading is free to view, but donations to amfAR are encouraged. All donations made will support amfAR’s lifesaving HIV research. The reading was styled and co-executive produced by Jared Eng. In addition to styling the cast for the reading, Dolce & Gabbana will also serve as the lead sponsor and match every gift made to amfAR up to $15,000. The reading will be posted on Acting for a Cause’s website, YouTube channel, and amfAR’s Tiltify page on Friday, November 19th at 6 p.m. PST / 8 p.m. CST / 9 p.m. EST.

“No industry has been left unscathed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the theater and the nonprofit sector have been particularly hard hit,” said amfAR Chief Development Officer, Kyle Clifford, in a prepared release. “amfAR has long enjoyed the generous support of the theater community and we are delighted to team up with Acting for a Cause to help celebrate their inspiring work and to introduce a new audience to amfAR’s lifesaving HIV/AIDS research.”

The Acting for a Cause reading series is a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and launched Brando Crawford’s career as a director and producer. Each Acting for a Cause performance is a live read series of classic plays and screenplays created, produced, directed, and hosted by Brando Crawford. Each reading raises money for charity. The readings garnered over 500,000 viewers between the first play read on March 27, 2020 and the last announced read on July 31, 2020.

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $600 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,500 grants to research teams worldwide.


Donations for this reading can be made at https://www.actingforacause.org to benefit amfAR. To view the reading, https://tiltify.com/@amfar-streaming/afc-gatsby.