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Hope's Door Fundraiser Features One-Man Acting Performance

Robert Bonvento
Robert Bonvento Photo Credit: Provided

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. --  River Journal publisher Robert Bonvento will perform his one-man show, "Aging - A Bad Rap," for one performance only on Sunday, March 26, at the Tarrytown Music Hall.

Proceeds from this benefit performance will go to Hope's Door, a nonprofit organization based in Pleasantville, whose motto is Embracing Life Free From Domestic Abuse.

“Aging – a Bad Rap," written and performed by Bonvento, reflects on the lives of eight people he interviewed, ranging in ages from 6 to 103. The show melds the spoken word with music, dance, photography and videography, according to a release from the Tarrytown Music Hall.

It is about about the perceptions and realities of growing older. It's touching and comedic, as well as significant and truthful, the release said.

Bonvento chose to benefit Hope's Door due to his past work as a counselor in community mental health centers in the mid-1970s. He saw abuse cases and worked both individually and in group therapy with people who had been subjected to different forms of abuse, according to the release.

His wife as a visiting nurse had also seen the effects of abuse and worked at helping people receive the care they needed medically and through referrals to other agencies, the release said.  Hope's Door provides a range of services to children, women and men, both young and old.

Even in Westchester, one of the country’s most affluent counties, data suggests one in four women is the victim of domestic violence and one in five girls will be sexually or physically abused before high school graduation, the release said.

Hope’s Door seeks to end domestic violence and to empower victims to achieve safety.

Prior to founding River Journal in 1997, a monthly publication mailed extensively throughout Irvington, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, Briarcliff Manor and Ossining, Bonvento worked professionally in theatre, television and film as an actor and writer.

He appeared regularly in the 1980s on “All My Children," and also wrote and hosted a segment of PM Magazine for Metromedia TV (Channel 5), both filmed in New York City. He also appeared theatrically Off-Broadway before moving to Los Angeles for additional television and film work.

The performance is made possible by sponsorships from Regeneron, National Resources (Hudson Harbor), Phelps Hospital Northwell Health, Sunnyside Federal Bank and Hudson PR.

Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.tarrytownmusichall.org/agingabadrap2017 or by calling the theatre at 877-840-0457.

The performance will begin at 2 p.m.

The Tarrytown Music Hall is at 13 Main St. Tarrytown,

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